KABUL, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan on Monday reported 545 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 15,750 cases, the country's Ministry of Public Health confirmed.
"Within the past 24 hours, 1,168 suspected cases were tested, out of which 545 cases were tested coronavirus positive in 18 provinces," the ministry said in a statement.
Eight COVID-19 patients succumbed to the virus, taking the number of people who lost their lives to 265 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February.
The number of people recovered stands at 1,428 after 100 patients recovered during the period.
The ministry has conducted 39,628 tests since February, according to statistics of the public health ministry.
The statement urged Afghans to wear face masks in crowded places, practice physical distancing and keep personnel hygiene.