The president of the Afghanistan Islamic Medical Association (AIMA), Sayed Khalid Rashid, said Friday that if the public continues to ignore health measures intended to prevent the coronavirus, Afghanistan will face a catastrophe.
Rashid said the government has been unable to manage the coronavirus in the country and has failed to implement prevention programs.
“The government has not acted seriously in this matter and it did not take measures. Now, (the coronavirus) is taken lightly and people are hugging each other (while greeting)... This is concerning and I am afraid that it will reach a high level once again,” said Rashid.
Although the government has not said anything about lifting the restrictions on citizens' travel in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the traffic in cities has returned to normal and restaurants and parks have reopened.
“The quarantine crisis caused serious problems for all the restaurants and we resumed our activities after the quarantine,” said Abdul Fatah Hashimi, a resident of Kabul.
“Every place, including restaurants and amusement parks, are open now and there is no quarantine, except schools and universities remain closed,” said Arghawan Behzad, a restaurant employee in Kabul.
The Ministry of Public Health has announced a decrease in the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country, but the citizens say that they have lost their trust in public hospitals and no one goes to public hospitals for testing or treatments.
“The virus is growing in the people’s houses, but they do not go to the hospitals, and, instead, they quarantine themselves at home,” said Wahidullah, a resident of Kabul.
This comes as the total known cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan on Friday reached 34,194, with 286 out of 742 samples testing positive in the past 24 hours.