The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says the coronavirus may be spreading faster than expected in Afghanistan as it hit the peak.
The health ministry raised the alarm over the spread of the new coronavirus after a small study with random tests in Kabul suggested that about a third of the capital’s residents could be infected.
MoPH officials said 500 random coronavirus tests in Kabul revealed more than 150 positive results, sparking concerns.
Ministry spokesman Wahid Mayar called the results from the capital “concerning” and said people must remain in their homes to slow the spread.
Afghanistan has so far taken close to 12,000 samples, of which more than 2,700 have been positive, and 85 people have died.
Kabul and most other cities are in lockdown.