Afghanistan fears coronavirus is spreading faster

KABUL: The Afghan public ministry announced on Sunday that 500 randomized tests in the capital revealed more than 150 positive results, raising fears that the virus is spreading faster than originally thought. The ministry spokesman called the de Kabul worrying and said that people must stay in their homes to stop the spread.

He said the actual infection rate would likely increase as tests become more available.

Afghanistan has so far taken about 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.

Afghanistan has also received more than 250,000 refugees who have returned from I ran , the country most affected by coronavirus in the region. There is growing fear that the country's health system, devastated by four decades of war, is not ready for a major outbreak.