Afghanistan confirms first coronavirus case in country: Minister

A man walks under Afghanistan's national flag in the early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan September 2, 2019. (File photo: Reuters)

Afghanistan’s minister of public health said on Monday the country had identified its first case of coronavirus.

Ferozuddin Feroz, the minister of public health, told a press conference in Kabul one of three suspected cases had been confirmed in the Western province of Herat.

He announced a state of emergency in the province, which borders Iran where dozens of cases of the disease have been confirmed and eight people have died.

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