Coronavirus Update In Afghanistan (22): The Quarantine Challenge And Spike In The COVID-19 Cases

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Coronavirus Update In Afghanistan (22): The Quarantine Challenge And Spike In The COVID-19 Cases

23 Apr 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that the Coronavirus command unit has started operating in the ministry.

MoPH said in a press release on Wednesday that the center was newly established within the Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Public Health, Firuzuddin Firuz called the police establishment of the center more coordinated to address the cases of the coronavirus in Kabul and the provinces.

 1,176 People Infected

The center was set up while officials at the Ministry of Public Health say 51 new and positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in the past 24 hours.

“51 new cases of coronavirus, including 28 in Kabul, three in Herat, two in Ghazni, four in Kapisa, six in Nangarhar, three in Kunar, 33 in Kandahar laboratory and one case in each provinces of Parwan, Bamyan, Laghman, Paktia and Farah,” the spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar said in a press conference on Wednesday.

In the past 24 hours, 16 people, including seven in Kabul, five in Herat, one in Badakhshan and Kapisa, and two in Farah, have recovered of the virus, bringing the total number to 166.

Four other people infected with the coronavirus, including two in Kabul and two in Nangarhar, have died of the virus, bringing the total to 40.

Accusation of Extortion And Harassment

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says the commanders of four police districts in Herat province have been dismissed on charges of extortion and harassment during quarantine.

MoI spokesman Tariq Arian said in a tweet on Wednesday that the commanders of the four police districts of Herat had been dismissed on the basis of complaints from citizens about extortion and harassment of citizens during quarantine and as a result of internal security investigations.

However, after quarantine has been enacted to curb the outbreak of coronavirus in a number of cities, people’s complaints about the police have increased.

In Kabul, the Interior Ministry announced that it had stopped a restaurant which was operating during the quarantine period and the issue in Kabul became controversial.

“No one is going beyond the law,” said Tariq Arian added.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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