People shop for festive goods in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

Afghanistan has recorded its highest daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases as authorities have called for a “strict lockdown” during the Eid al-Fitr holidays.

The country’s Ministry of Public Health said on Saturday 782 new positive cases of coronavirus were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to almost 10,000.

The number of cases nationwide has doubled in just 10 days, raising fears of a wider outbreak across the country.


Health ministry officials said Kabul, a hotspot for the virus with 377 reported cases in 24 hours, will be under lockdown during this weekend’s Muslim Eid holiday in an attempt to

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