KABUL, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Sixty-three stranded Afghan passengers have returned home after special flights were conducted to Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Saturday.
"Up to 63 of our compatriots have been helped return home from Dubai airport. A wide number of the countrymen would be shifted from New Delhi of India back to Afghanistan today and within the next days," the ministry said in a statement.
More than 2,500 Afghans reportedly stranded in New Delhi, after the suspension of flights due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, are waiting for flight to return to their country.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and Civil Aviation Authority, in accordance with the decision of the Emergency Committee for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak has facilitated the return of Afghans from Dubai and New Delhi airports through domestic flights," the statement said.
As of Saturday evening, a total of 110 COVID-19 cases reported in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed.
The ministry also confirmed three deaths. Three infected people were discharged from the hospitals after treatment.
To stem the spread of COVID-19, the government has imposed a 21-day curfew in the capital of Kabul which came into effect Saturday, and the same measure was also imposed in three western cites of Herat, Farah and Zaranj days ago.