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Balkh Central Jail releases 75 prisoners

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(Last Updated On: March 30, 2020)

Some 75 prisoners, sentenced to less than 5 years in jail, have been released from Balkh Central Jail because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bashir Tawhidi, deputy governor of Balkh, says that the prisoners have been let go on the president’s verdict. According to him, there will be more releases.

Following the warning of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health that to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus in prisons was impossible as well as the virus would severely threaten the prisoners; the government has issued release order of thousands of prisoners.

Reportedly, the 75 released prisoners include women and children.

The prisoners, who are now free men, complain about the poor condition of the prison saying that they lived under an awful atmosphere – 25 inmates in one cell each.

Haroon Aleem, the warden of the prisoner, confirms the poor condition of the prison, noting that the prison will soon be relocated to the place where the Swedish military PRT used to be stationed.

The presidential order on prisoner releases includes 9000 – 10,000 prisoners and all provinces have been instructed to finalize the implementation of the order.

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COVID19 updates Afghanistan; cases rise to 11,173

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

With 591 new registries in the last 24 hours, the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases rose to 11,173 – Kabul ranks first on the table, with 390 new cases.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed 591 new cases of the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including 390 reported from Kabul, and the rest are designated as follows:

“Herat 62, Balkh 36, Badghis 21, Nangarhar 18, Kunar 14, Takhar 14, Jawzjan 11, Wardak 7, Paktia 5, Baghlan 5, Khost 3, Panjshir 2, Ghor 2, and Bamyan reported one new case.”

It is worth mentioning that authorities have tightened the movement restrictions on Eid days in Kabul city to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

On the other hand, although religious scholars emphasize to impose restrictions, they call on the police to be soft with the sick and others in serious need.

The Ministry of Public Health has reported a lack of capacity in the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital amid the rapid increase in the number of infections.

It, therefore, has announced that three more hospitals will be made designated to the Coronavirus patients in Kabul.

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UN appeals financial aid for vulnerable countries

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2020)

A UN report says that humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives in over 60 most affected countries amid the spread of COVID-19.

According to the report, the updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls, in particular.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock has warned of a significant rise in conflict, hunger, and poverty, as well as looming famine, unless action is taken now.

He has said, “If we do not support the poorest people – especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups – as they battle the pandemic and impacts of the global recession, we will all be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would prove even more painful, and much more expensive, for everyone.”

The report writes, “The updated plan builds on an earlier appeal made by the UN Secretary-General in late March which called for $2 billion.”

In a video message, urging donors to step up support to stop the pandemic from circling back around the globe, António Guterres says, “Humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative; it is a practical necessity to combat the virus.”

He highlights, “If COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the poorest places, we are all at risk.”

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World Bank approves $400 million grant for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2020)

The $400 million grant by the World Bank is to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis in Afghanistan.

The World Bank approved $400 million Friday to sustain reform momentum and mitigate crisis caused by COVID-19 in Afghanistan.

In a press release Friday, the World Bank announced that its board of executive directors approved a $400 million grant for Afghanistan.

The grant is aimed “to help Afghanistan sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis”.

The release highlights, “The Incentive Program Development Policy Grant comprises $160 million from the International Development Association (IDA).”

“The World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and $240 million from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), managed by the World Bank on behalf of 34 donors,” said in the press release.

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As per estimates, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, millions of dollars in financial aid have flowed into the administration of Afghanistan.

Point to be noted for the time to reveal is know where and how these funds will actually be spent – whether they will be managed transparently in and for what is meant for.

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