KABUL, Afghanistan

Authorities in Afghanistan on Friday declared a lockdown in the capital Kabul in an effort to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

Announcing the details of the move, Waheed Umer, director general of Office of Public and Strategic Affairs, said the decision has been approved by the cabinet.

He was accompanied by Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi, Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz and other officials during a joint news conference in Kabul.

As per the move, all public and private offices, markets with exception of supplying essential products, will remain closed until further notice.

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