KABUL, Afghanistan

Afghanistan on Monday confirmed the first case of coronavirus.

Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told a news conference in the capital Kabul that an emergency has been declared in the Herat province bordering Iran.

The victim is in stable condition and being kept in isolation, he added.

“We strongly suggest all Afghans to avoid unnecessary travel to Iran, physical contacts and congregations,” he said, as Iran reported a dozen deaths on Monday from the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Afghan authorities said they suspected three men, who had returned from Iran’s Qom city, to be infected with the fatal virus.


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