The Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday reiterated its call for Afghans to take COVID-19 guidelines seriously during the Eid days to help prevent a new surge in the pandemic.
“If the people shows carelessness like the previous Eid, we will still remain at the peak of COVID-19 and then the virus will take more victims,” said Osman Tahiri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.
Meanwhile, those families who have been affected by the virus have also called on the people to respect health guidelines.
Officials at the Afghan-Japan hospital said that at least five COVID-19 patients lost their lives in the first day of Eid while other patients in critical condition were admitted for treatment.
“The people shouldn’t walk around too much, they should wear facemask so that the virus is not transferred to others,” said Ziaullah, a visitor of a COVID-19 patient.
“Eid is our tradition, we should visit each other, it would be better to make a call. If someone has a fever, then they should stop visiting others,” said a resident in Kabul, Hanifa Omari.
“The virus is a little bit down compared to a week ago, the number of patients has decreased in this hospital,” said Razia, a doctor.
“A month has passed since we admitted our patient here, his condition is not stable, we appeal to the people to rely on phone calls during Eid,” said Abdul Baseer, a resident in Kabul.
Earlier this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also raised concerns over the increased security incidents alongside the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan.