KABUL, TASHKENT (TCA) — Afghanistan's Health Ministry says a 40-year old man has died from coronavirus, becoming the country's first fatality from the disease, RFE/RL reported.
Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz on March 22 told Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews that six more positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Afghanistan.
Three new cases were from Herat, two were in Farah and one in Ghor. With this, Afghanistan has 40 confirmed cases of the virus.
In Uzbekistan, officials have ordered all companies in the capital, Tashkent, to switch to remote working, RFE/RL reports.
They also made protective masks mandatory in all major cities in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Officials on March 22 said citizens not wearing masks in public in major cities would be fined $22 for the first offense and $67 for repeat offenses.
Uzbekistan, which has a population of 34 million, has just 45 confirmed cases, nearly all in the capital, Tashkent.