KABUL, Afghanistan

At least 10 million Afghans have been infected with the novel coronavirus, a recent survey by the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Sharing details of this nationwide survey, Health Minister Ahmad Jawad Usmani said COVID-19 has infected at least 31.5% of the total population in the war-ravaged country.

Afghanistan, however, has recorded 36,829 confirmed cases after conducting 89,822 tests by Aug. 5. “The survey shows 37% of tested urban population and 27% of tested rural population have been infected with coronavirus,” said Usmani.

The study showed the capital Kabul is the worst affected city with 53% of all cases, while the central highlands comprising mountainous provinces of Daikundi and Ghor had the least number of cases.

The survey came a day after the Afghan Cabinet approved reopening of universities across the country from Wednesday. Public offices in Kabul and all provinces also began working with normal routine. However, schools across the country still remain closed.

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