The Afghan authorities on Thursday confirmed 43 new COVID-19 cases, bringing to 239 the total number of patients in the country since the outbreak of the disease in mid February.
Forty-one people, including 17 women and 24 men, were tested positive for COVID-19 in western Herat province. "two people were infected in Kabul city," Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman of Ministry of Public Health, said. "The patients have been sent for the quarantine process," he said. Out of 239 cases, 184 cases were reported in Herat. All the new cases were locally-transmitted ones as the patients did not have travel history abroad. Over the weekend, the government began a 21-day lockdown in most of the big cities in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. Mayar also confirmed the fourth death from COVID-19 in the country. He said a 70-year-old patient has succumbed to the virus in Herat province on Tuesday.