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Why people in Afghanistan are not taking coronavirus seriously?

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Coronavirus was confirmed to have spread to Afghanistan when its first case, in Herat was confirmed on 24 February 2020. According to the Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan, until now 174 cases are confirmed across the country.

Lockdowns and Self-quarantine are some of the measures undertaken by the Afghan government and most of the countries across the world to slow down the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) outlined the bellow six steps that each country should implement to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

1. Expand, train and deploy your public health force.

2. Implement a system to find every suspected case.

3. Ramp up testing capacity and availability.

4. Identify and adapt key facilities you will use to treat and isolate patients.

5. Develop a clear plan to quarantine contacts.

6. Refocus the whole of the government on suppression and containing COVID-19.

Steps were taken by the Afghan government for slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. On 14 March, President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, told the public to avoid large public gatherings and to pay attention to hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease. On 18 March, the Ministry of Interior Affairs banned all large gatherings, including the closure of venues that attract large crowds such as entertainment places, sports grounds, swimming pools, fitness clubs and........

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