The Afghan Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Friday said that those who are suffering from COVID-19 or other infectious diseases should avoid attending the Eid gatherings and other public events to help control the spread of disease in the society.
The Hajj Ministry said that from the Islamic perspective, it will be taken as a sin if a person with infectious diseases enters into large crowds of people while he or she knows that the illness will endanger the lives of others in society.
This comes as Muslims across the world prepare to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Those who have this illness or think they might--they should avoid going to Eid prayer,” said Abdul Hakim Munib, the acting Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs.
The Ministry of Public Health on Friday said 542 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered over the past 24 hours --bringing the total positive cases to 9,216.
The number of total known active cases in Afghanistan is 7,961, said the MoPH.
According to the Health Ministry, 12 people lost their lives over the past 24 hours and 58 more recovered. The known death toll from the coronavirus is now 205.
The total number of recoveries is 993.
Kabul is a hotspot for the virus, with 316 reported cases in the past twenty-four hours.
The new cases, according to the ministry, were reported in Kabul (316), Herat (47), Nangarhar (24), Takhar (23), Baghlan (23), Balkh (19), Kunar (18), Laghman (15), Farah (15), Ghazni (13), Paktia (5), Wardak (3), Logar (1), Kunduz (4), Panjshir (8), Kapisa (1), Daikundi (5) and Nuristan (2).
So far, 27,889 people have been tested in the country.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior has also said that police will enforce strict measures during the Eid days in order to limit the public's movement and therefore contain the further spread of COVID-19.
But the poor will remain in a desperate situation if the lockdown remains in effect.
Mawlud is a shoemaker in Kabul and he is the breadwinner for his 10-member family.
“I am old and come here to work, I don’t know how long we have to face this problem,” said Mawlud.
“This quarantine is like a poison for the poor, it looks like death. Those who have money are riding in their cars and enjoying themselves, they don’t care about the lockdown,” said Shah Wali, a resident in Kabul.