COVID-19: New Quarantine Methods During and After Eid Al-Fitr in Kabul

Following the failure of quarantine in controlling the rise of Coronavirus cases in Kabul, local officials have announced a complete lockdown during and after the Eid Al-Fitr holidays. Kabul Governor Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, in a press conference on Thursday, asked the city resident to comply with the strict curfew and work with the country’s security forces. These measures will prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the coming days, he added.

In the new version of the quarantine, gatherings, parties and entertainments during the coming Eid holidays are prohibited. Security forces have been instructed to take the restrictions imposed on the patrol seriously. Haidari said the spread of the Coronavirus and the number of infected people in Kabul had increased, and that citizens would not be allowed to travel to or from Kabul during Eid.

New quarantine method after Eid

Haidari attributed poverty and hardship as the reason people broke quarantine in the last few days and to the streets. He stressed that the Cabinet has provided and approved specific measures to manage the quarantine better in the days after Eid.

The new measures would include normal operations for grocery stores, fruit shops, aid agencies, banks and oil tanks if they can adopt basic health security measures. Shops producing and selling materials, dry fruit shops, boutiques, photography, clothing and footwear stores can be active from 8 am to 2 pm. Car and flea repair shops located in certain areas can be open from 2 to 5 pm, as well as tailors from 6 pm to 12 pm. There would be limited sightseeing activities.

The move comes as the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Afghanistan has risen to 8,676, most of them in Kabul.

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