Afghanistan reports first confirmed death from coronavirus - health ministry

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's health ministry reported the country's first confirmed death from the coronavirus on Sunday.

A 40-year old man died in the northern Balkh province, Ministry of Public Health spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said.

Afghanistan has 34 confirmed cases of the virus and there are fears its vulnerable health system, devastated by years of war, would be overwhelmed by an outbreak.

(Reporting by Orooj Hakimi; writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Catherine Evans)