Afghanistan’s Densely Populated Capital; 147 Positive Cases of Coronavirus and the Measures to Fight COVID-19

Afghanistan’s Densely Populated Capital; 147 Positive Cases of Coronavirus and the Measures to Fight COVID-19

13 Apr 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said in a statement that due to the growing spread of the coronavirus, the police are committed to ensuring that the restrictions are strictly enforced in order to ensure the health of citizens.

MoI added that the movements outside the homes, especially on public roads, have been severely banned since Thursday and that police have been patrolling the roads seriously.

This comes as so far, 607 positive cases of coronavirus have been registered in Afghanistan, of which 147 are in Kabul.

Intensification of Curfew in Kabul

The spokesman of MoI, Tariq Arian told Reporterly: “Police have the duty to prevent people from patrolling except in exceptional cases and to follow up the guidance of the emergency committee.

But in this regard, the people must cooperate with the police to tackle the crisis.”

As Kabul has the highest number of registered coronavirus cases, Arian noted that

It is possible that the capital’s restrictions will be enforced 100%, and even in exceptional cases the movements for journalists, government employees and patients would also be limited. Because preventing traffic congestion is one of the positive things that has been able to slow down the spread of the virus.

It has been almost 16 days since the curfew began.

Now all the gates of Kabul are closed and there is no movements from other provinces to the capital and from Kabul to other areas.

Currently, the firefighters are working to disinfect roads and public places, including disinfecting police areas as they are on the front lines of the fighting against the coronavirus.

The National Security Directorate Hospital is also preparing 100 beds for police force in case of infection.

1,253 Suspected Cases of COVID-19 in Kabul

However, out of 706 positive cases in Afghanistan, 147 have been recorded in Kabul so far. So far, 1,253 suspected cases have been confirmed in the province, of which 947 were negative and 147 were positive.

However, among the patients infected with the coronavirus, 7 of them have been recovered and 5 of them have died.

In the latest case, officials at the Ministry of Public Health have announced that the second doctor in the capital has died of the coronavirus.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Vahidullah Mayar, said on Sunday that Yusuf Aryoubi, a pediatrician at the hospital, had died of the coronavirus.

Earlier, Hanifullah Hanif, a doctor in Amiri Hospital of Kabul has died of the coronavirus.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 figures, the Ministry of Public Health is trying to find more places for emergency situations.

“In recent measures, we have set up 22 sampling centers in various parts of Kabul to transfer these samples to central laboratories after sampling the suspected cases. This will also reduce the congestion at the Afghan-Japanese hospital,” Vahidullah Mayar told Reporterly. “And the results of tests will be clear sooner. “

Considering an increase in the number of infected people in Kabul, the Ministry of Health has dedicated the male and female dormitory of Kabul University.

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Although the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health are trying to inform the public about the method of preventing from exploring the coronavirus and its dangers, the people do not pay much attention to it.

Over the past few days, images have been shared on social media showing people falling on the roads.

Social media users cited the Coronavirus as the cause of their downfall.

However, Vahidullah Mayar has denied the allegations, saying: “Their deaths and anesthesia have nothing to do with the virus, and none of them have tested positive for corona. Some have developed neurological or respiratory diseases.”

He emphasized the need to focus on day-time curfew and added that the people should cooperate with the government in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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