Police Enforce Stricter Virus Lockdown in Kabul

With a continuous surge in coronavirus cases in Afghanistan, authorities in the capital Kabul on Wednesday introduced stricter lockdown measures following non-compliance of earlier directives.

As per orders of the Interior Ministry, only government employees and a limited number of workers associated with essential services such as health, food, telecommunications and media would be allowed to leave their homes. The new directives are effective immediately until further notice.

“Hundreds of police personnel on patrol would enforce the lockdown and anyone violating it would be taken into custody,” the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, all residents were advised to stay home, and avoid non-essential movements and gatherings.

Positive cases in the landlocked country have surged to 423, according to health officials.

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