Gatherings of Kabul Citizens; Day-Time Curfew in Place in the Capital?

On Wednesday, the 13th of Nowruz (New Year), the citizens of the west and east of Kabul went to the hills of Omid Sabz Township for fun, which used to be an entertainment area for people and is full of Kabul residents on Fridays and Eid occasions.  But given the current crisis and the movement restrictions that people are expected to stay in their homes, a number of areas in the capital are still being visited.

Although the police are trying to prevent these gatherings in the city, so far no good results have been achieved.

However, an interior ministry spokesman said: “Police are taking steps to prevent movements anywhere in the city.”

Plant Seedlings

“Although the residents of the area follow the restrictions, people from other parts of Kabul still come to the hills and do not pay any attention to this issue,” Mohammad Zakaria Rajabi, a resident of District 13, told Reporterly.

“Today we saw 200 to 250 people gathered in the surrounding hills because of the saplings, while we have to consider all the health and precautionary measures,” he said, referring to the saplings on Thursday.

This comes as all citizens should avoid large gatherings and do not participate in any of them.

The Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said: “The movement restrictions are still in place and if people disobey them, the police will take them seriously.”

Following the Arian’s remarks the Committee to Prevent the Outbreak of Coronavirus had intensified its movement restrictions in Kabul in its sixth session today.

The committee said in a statement that Mohammad Sarwar Danish, second Vice President had called on all responsible agencies to take more drastic measures, otherwise Kabul residents would face a serious risk of a coronavirus outbreak.

Complaints of Day-Laborers in Kabul

In addition to the existing challenges and following the complaints of day laborers in Kabul, a meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani was held at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening to address the needs of the poor, the needy, the internally displaced and day laborers in the quarantine days were discussed.

At the end of the meeting, the National Development Agency was instructed to create 40,000 jobs in a month.

The second Vice President Sarwar Danesh also said that plans have been made to distribute aid to poor families and deserving individuals, and that 10,000 tons of wheat will soon be distributed to a number of poor families in Kabul.

According to the committee, $ 15.5 million has been pledged by the US government, $ 100 million by the World Bank, $ 40 million by the Asian Development Bank, as well as food and medical aid by a number of neighboring countries.

Complaints of the Health Team’s Negligence

Although four Corona treatment centers have previously been scheduled to be built in one PD and four districts in Kabul, the only corona virus is the Afghan-Japanese Hospital, which has nearly 200 beds.

However, Tawhid Shokoohmand, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said the hospital had enough equipment and staff, but some of the hospital’s clients complained of understaffing and lack of attention from authorities.

The Ministry of Public Health spokesman said: “Our people are living in a state of war and are not in a good mood. They have to work with a little bit of patience with the health workers because we do our best to provide the best health care.”

The remarks come as the assistance from the United Arab Emirates has arrived in Afghanistan in recent days, and China’s first batch of health aids arrived in the country on Thursday.

However, Kabul now has the highest number of people infected with the coronavirus virus after Herat, with 16 positive cases, including four NATO Service members.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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