AFGHANISTAN, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND KOSOVO SEE 1ST CORONAVIRUS DEATH


23/03/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Afghanistan on Sunday confirmed its first fatality related to the novel coronavirus. Health Ministry spokesman Waheedullah Mayar told that a 40-year-old man died of the virüs.

Earlier in the day, health authorities reported 10 additional confirmed cases of the virus, including two in the capital Kabul for the first time, taking the total to 34.

Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz demanded the government to declare complete lockdown in the front-line state of Herat bordering Iran that has emerged as the epicenter of the spread of virus in Afghanistan with thousands of deportees entering on daily basis.

"People must cooperate. We urge them not to gather but then we see people together for picnics and so on, it becomes a massive problem,” he said while lamenting the social distancing being not followed.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has registered its first death from coronavirus at a hospital in the capital Kinshasa.

The Democratic Republic of Congo reported 23 confirmed cases as of Saturday. The Congolese government has taken several preventative measures, including shutting down schools, bars, restaurants, and places of worship. On Thursday, President Felix Tshisekedi announced an indefinite suspension of flights from all countries at risk.

Kosovo confirmed its first fatality related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The 82-year-old's daughter and son were also infected with coronavirus, the statement said.

A total of 567 people have been tested for Covid-19 in Kosovo so far, while a total of 31 people, including the deceased, have been diagnosed with Covid-19.


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