December 5, 2021

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Afghanistan braces for coronavirus surge as migrants pour back from Iran

<div><p>Returnees flood across the border after lockdown leads to loss of jobs, amid warnings that influx threatens health catastrophe</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>More than 130,000 Afghans have fled the coronavirus outbreak convulsing Iran to return home to Afghanistan amid fears they are bringing new infections with them to the conflict-ridden and impoverished country.</p><p>The huge spike in Afghans crossing the porous border from Iran, in one of the biggest cross-border movements of the pandemic, has led to mounting fears in the humanitarian community over the potential impact of new infections carried from Iran, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/an-absolute-disaster-iran-struggles-as-coronavirus-spreads">one of the countries worst affected </a>by the virus.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/30/were-not-ready-coronavirus-looms-over-the-fragile-afghan-health-system">'We're not ready': coronavirus looms over the fragile Afghan health system</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/01/afghanistan-braces-for-coronavirus-surge-as-migrants-pour-back-from-iran">Continue reading...</a></div>

Returnees flood across the border after lockdown leads to loss of jobs, amid warnings that influx threatens health catastrophe

More than 130,000 Afghans have fled the coronavirus outbreak convulsing Iran to return home to Afghanistan amid fears they are bringing new infections with them to the conflict-ridden and impoverished country.

The huge spike in Afghans crossing the porous border from Iran, in one of the biggest cross-border movements of the pandemic, has led to mounting fears in the humanitarian community over the potential impact of new infections carried from Iran, one of the countries worst affected by the virus.

Related: ‘We’re not ready’: coronavirus looms over the fragile Afghan health system

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