The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 37 more COVID-19 cases in 12 of the country’s 34 provinces, bringing the national total to 521 cases.
“Within the past 24 hours, 37 new coronavirus cases were reported in 12 provinces, including 16 cases in Kabul province and eight cases in western Herat province,” Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman of the ministry, said in a statement.
The spokesman noted that more people have been infected inside Afghanistan than those from other affected countries.
“The novel coronavirus is circulating in Afghanistan now. More efforts and measures are needed to contain the pandemic,” he said.
Fifteen patients have died and 32 others have recovered since the outbreak in mid February in Afghanistan, according to the official.