Afghan gov’t urges citizens to respect lockdown during Eid-ul-Fitr days

With registering 782 new COVID-19 positive cases over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, the number of patients infected with the disease has risen to 9,998 in the country, Tawhid Shakohmand, a spokesman for Public Health Ministry said Saturday.

Expressing concern over what he described “fast spread of coronavirus” in the country, the official called upon countrymen to respect the Public Health Ministry’s advice and stay at home during Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.

The spreading of the COVID-19 in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of eight persons over the past 24 hours, totaling the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 216 since the outbreak of the virus in February in Afghanistan, Shakohmand said.

According to the official, 44 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of recovered ones to 1,040 in the country.

A deputy for Public Health Ministry has also called upon people to stay at home during Eid-ul-Fitr festival to stay safe, warning any ignorance to respect the lockdown would lead to catastrophe.

Kabul governor Mohammad Yaqub Haidari said that strict measures had been put in place during Eid-ul-Fitr days in Kabul to enforce the lockdown in the city.