The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Health officials call for lockdown of big cities in Afghanistan due to spread of COVID-19

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Afghan health services staff wearing protective gear, as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, wait to check the body temperature of guests ahead of the start of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's swearing-in inauguration ceremony, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on March 9, 2020. - Afghanistan lurched deeper into political crisis on March 9 as the rivals for the country's leadership had themselves sworn in at simultaneous ceremonies that were interrupted by at least two blasts. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: As the coronavirus is fast spreading in Afghanistan, different institutions are working to contain the disease. This comes while health authorities are calling for imposing a lockdown on some big cities, mainly Heart in western Afghanistan, which is home to most confirmed cases of COVID-19.
It seems that most local Afghans have not taken the issue seriously. Some even resist the government’s decision to ban public gatherings and close educational centers and sports clubs.
This comes as Afghan lawmakers warn the nation of facing adverse consequences unless they follow all instructions given by the public health ministry, media outlets and religious scholars.
The Afghan public health ministry has so far confirmed 74 positives cases of COVID 19 in the country and expects a sharp rise in coronavirus infection cases due to the nation’s ignorance of health instructions to avoid another big crisis in the country.
The Afghan government, the World Health Organization, and some other independent bodies have adopted various measures to battle the disease, including launching public awareness programs, calling on media for help and launching hospitals across some big cities, mainly in Kabul and Herat.
Public health minister warns that it has been foreseen that at least 210 thousand people will be seriously taken into health care and 110 thousand others will lose their lives to the coronavirus in Afghanistan.
The minister of public health says that approximately 80% (over 16 million) of the nation will be infected by the COVID-19 leaving 10 thousand deaths.
Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz highlights that if gatherings and carelessness towards the healthcare awareness continue, the probability of the 80% infection will come true.
He adds, “Over 16 million people will be infected. To our findings, 66%, which is 8 million, show symptoms, out of which, 700 thousand will visit hospitals, 210 thousand will need serious health care and it’s probable that 110 thousand will die in Afghanistan.”
He, however, at the moment considers the situation under control, he warns that if the gatherings do not decrease, 80% of the nation will be infected by the COVID-19 in Afghanistan.
“If Buzkashi [an Afghan sport], wedding parties… continue and if gatherings are not stopped, we will meet the probable number,” the minister stated.
Holding most of the infected, Herat poses most of the threat. It has already been suggested to quarantine the province. The government has just decided to limit daily activities and gatherings (not to allow more than two individuals at a time and place) effective from this Wednesday.
Kabul, inhabiting several million people, has also been exposed to the virus with two cases of the virus tested positive. The number may grow soon. Despite warnings, crowds have not been avoided in the city.
The health minister wants all sorts of crowds such as hotels, restaurants, parks, swimming pools, universities, and baths to be closed.
Moreover, according to the government, the Taliban has allowed physicians to travel and provide medical aid in areas under the group’s control.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.