Kabul, Afghanistan Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz on Monday confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus infection in country's western province of Herat. On Sunday, the Ministry of Public Health had reported three suspected cases of coronavirus in Herat.
'Two of the cases were negative but one was positive', the minister said, adding that 'preparations already took place' to respond to the infection.
The three infected persons are Herat residents who recently returned from Qom city in Iran, the Public Health Ministry spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar told a local news channel.
The new coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, was first detected in China in late December and has since spread to more than 25 other countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency. The outbreak has already left over 77,000 people infected worldwide and resulted in more than 2,600 deaths in mainland China.