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COVID-19 cases hike to 239 in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 2, 2020)

As per the updates, Herat registers 41 new cases of the Coronavirus – the highest number in a day – making a total of 180 confirmed cases in the province. The number includes patients with no travel history to Iran. Afghanistan now has 239 COVID-19 cases in total.

The circulation of the virus in Herat is on the rise as, despite restrictions on movements, people go out not taking the threat seriously.

Reportedly, people in parts of Herat came together to celebrated ‘Sizdah Bedar’, also known as Nature’s Day.

In the meantime, the ministry of public health warns of an even rapid rise in the number of infected in the days ahead.

In spite of the high threat of the Coronavirus in Herat, the healthcare services are poor as there is only one laboratory looking at the cases.

Also, the budget allocated by the government to fight the Coronavirus in Herat has not been put to operation yet.

Kabul too is severely threatened by the Coronavirus. Though several cases are being tested positive for the virus in the capital Kabul every day, neither the disease nor the restrictions on movements have been taken seriously by most of the residents.

Having noted that, the real concern is: what if the inconsideration and the recklessness put us in a position where the control of the outbreak goes out of everybody’s hands?

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in all over Afghanistan, reported from 18 provinces, is now in the count of hundreds – 180 of the cases come from Herat, and over 10 from Kabul, marking the two provinces at the top of the table.

According to reports, the virus has killed four people in Afghanistan while 10 others have recovered so far.

In addition, social service groups and the police in Kabul, and some other provinces, have started disinfecting the cities to help eliminate the virus and restore the order.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque reopens to worshippers – Jerusalem

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

After over two months of lockdown for the Coronavirus, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been reopened, international news agencies.

The Council of Islamic Waqf, which oversees Muslim sites on the complex, said the restriction was lifted after the virus’ spread slowed down locally.

The council also imposed some precautionary measures to reduce the risk of contagion at Islam’s third-holiest site.

That is, worshippers must wear face masks and bring personal prayer rugs should they wish to pray in the mosque or on the grounds.

It worth mentioning that the Al-Aqsa Mosque which is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque was built on top of the Temple Mount, known as the Al Aqsa Compound or Haram-e-Sharif in Islam.

Celebrating the reopening, dozens of Muslims gathered in front of the large wooden doors, pronouncing, “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood.”

Reportedly, the resumption of prayers capped a somber period for Jerusalem’s Muslims, who this year marked the fasting month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday without their usual daily visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Angry protesters take to streets over police brutality – USA

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

Clashes between the police and the protesters over George Floyd’s death in police custody have been intensified, western news outlets report.

As demonstrations escalated in several US cities, protesters in Minneapolis met a more determined response from police officers and National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have activated National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have called in National Guard troops to help quell the protests, some of which have turned violent.

Cities nationwide have also implemented curfews, but protesters appear undeterred.

It is noteworthy that Floyd died on Monday after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.

The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; however, the other officers have not been charged.

According to reports, protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have pledged to continue until all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, are charged.

In the meantime, the US President Donald Trump has ordered Pentagon to put military police on alert, saying they may be deployed to Minnesota.

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Children among 9 killed in Herat traffic accident

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

At least nine people including children and women were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province, a local official confirmed.

The incident happened on Saturday night after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Kandahar highway in the Adraskan district of the province.

Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that three women, hour children, and two men were killed in the accident.

According to Farhad, all the victims were Kapisa’s residents.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads. 

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