The Afghan government said on Thursday that the Nawroz festival (Persian new years festival) will not be celebrated publically across Afghanistan, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Wahid Omar, President Ashraf Ghani's senior advisor for public and strategic affairs, at a news conference urged people to implement recommended health measures and not participate in gatherings.
“Unfortunately, for clear reasons we can’t do this. I urge my homeland to celebrate Nawroz in their homes,” said Omar.
Omar also called on the Taliban to avoid obstructing health workers in the provinces.
The Ministry of Public Health said that no positive case of the coronavirus has been reported in the past two days.
“The Ministry of Public Health, along with the health sector, is focusing on suspected persons,” said Wahid Mayar, a spokesman for the ministry.
Meanwhile, some school teachers in Kabul city distributed masks to the public to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Prevention is better than treatment,” said Sher Mohammad Tokhi, the manager of a school. “We launched a campaign and made a committee to raise awareness.”
“We distribute masks and gloves for students and people who have come here,” said Mohammad Amin Khaliqyar, a teacher.
Positive cases of the virus have been reported in Herat, Samangan, Logar, Kapisa, Daikundi and Badghis provinces.