KABUL, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday confirmed 82 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 40,369, including 5,080 active cases.
A total of 398 tests were conducted within the past 24 hours, and 82 were positive in 12 provinces out of 34 Afghan provinces, the ministry said in a statement.
Two patients died within the period, taking the death toll to 1,499 since February, the statement added.
Thirty new recoveries were recorded since early Monday.
Local health experts believe that the actual number of infections could be much higher than the official figures, as scores of patients did not visit hospitals and there was no system to register them.