A man in the western province of Herat, who was suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, died shortly after he was admitted to the regional hospital in Herat dedicated to COVID-19 patients, the Public Health Ministry confirmed.
This might be the first coronavirus death in Afghanistan, if confirmed.
The ministry said in a statement that the man visited a hospital in Herat because he was suffering from heart disease, but after showing signs of COVID-19 he was taken to the coronavirus treatment center in the province.
Afghanistan so far has reported 24 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The ministry said a COVID-19 test and an autopsy will determine whether he had contracted the coronavirus, or had died of heart disease.
The result of the test will be made public on Monday, the statement said.