The Afghan acting minister of interior warned on Tuesday that Kabul city will be locked down completely starting from tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.
Massoud Andarabi, the acting minister, said that he has tasked 1,600 police and 400 vehicles to prevent movement in Kabul.
“The virus is fatal and dangerous… we will block all roads of Kabul city,” said Andarabi.
Based on the Ministry of Interior's warning, health workers, bakers, media workers, telecommunication workers and food sellers will be allowed to move in the city.
Despite this, most of the stores and offices in Kabul city have been locked down, and some workers say that they have had nothing to eat in the past 11 days, as movement was restricted by the government.
“I have eight children--my husband is blind. The warlords take aid and we remain hungry,” said Feroza, a worker in Kabul city.
“We are hungry, I told my children that the bakery was locked, we don’t have anything to eat,” said Rahima, another resident of Kabul city.
On April 1, Mohammad Yaqoob Haidari, Kabul governor, warned that the government will issue “tough measures” if Kabul’s residents are not willing to comply with the order to stop unnecessary movement around the city.
According to Haidari, the security forces will act to implement the restrictions.