KABUL, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan's Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz on Saturday confirmed the detection of three new positive cases of the COVID-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases to four in the country.
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"Three new positive cases of the disease were confirmed last night," Firoz told reporters at a press conference here.
All the new cases used to live in neighboring Iran and returned to their home country recently.
On Feb. 24, the country's health ministry confirmed the first COVID-19 case in western Herat province.
As a precautionary measure, the minister said that all those returning from Iran are screened at the border crossing points and those found sick or suspected sick will be sent for quarantine.
To combat outbreak of the disease, the minister said the government had built a 200-bed hospital in Kabul and a 100-bed hospital in Herat province which borders Iran.
However, the minister dismissed any concerns about the spread of the disease in the country, saying the situation is under control.