There is a rising concern for the rapid increase of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Kandahar province. From zero reported cases until 17th March 2020, then Kandahar saw a sudden rise in the cases by 16th May 2020. Decreased literacy rates, poor health education, lack of facilities, inconsistent government policies, and defying coronavirus safety advisory by the public have resulted in the rapid spread of COVID-19. The awareness and practices of the people towards the COVID-19 were significantly low. Therefore, the risk of coronavirus in Kandahar province is extremely high due to the aforementioned reasons. To overcome this virus, the local government must declare strict measures and provide the public with information about the severity and prevention mechanisms of this fatal disease. Mass and random diagnostic testing are required to track the actual infection rates, which can give a realistic picture of what is occurring. In this article, the current situation of COVID-19, available medical facilities, and public response to the ongoing pandemic in Kandahar, Afghanistan was highlighted.
Key words: COVID-19, Kandahar province, public response, curfew, random testing.
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