MPs Refused to Shut Parliament for Coronavirus Outbreak

Afghan Parliament Members have refused the health minister’s suggestion to shut the Lower House for preventing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Firoz who summoned to Sunday’s session at the Parliament warned the possibility of coronavirus spread inside the Lower House.

Mr. Firoz declared that the cause of the coronavirus transmission is the distance between people and to prevent the spread of the virus, the distance between people should be at least two meters which is not possible at the Lower House.

He also called on lawmakers to close all educational institutions for at least one month.

This comes as earlier in the day, the MoPH announced the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country had jumped to 16.

The Ministry also expressed concern about the vulnerability of Afghanistan’s border with Iran and the return of Afghan refugees.

Millions of Afghans live and work in the neighbouring country and many are facing increasing political and economic pressure to return.

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