Afghan capital under strict lockdown during Muslim Eid holidays May 22, 2020 0 462 12345 DPAKabulThe Afghan capital will be under a strict lockdown during this weekend’s Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr to prevent any further outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Kabul Governor Mohammad Yaqub Haidari told reporters on Thursday.Currently, the majority of people have broken the official lockdown in the country, many thinking the virus is not that serious. Few people are following the health guidelines.Authorities warn of a “tragedy” if people refuse to stay at home during the Eid holiday and traditionally go to the houses of their relatives.Deputy Health Minister Wahidullah Majroh said on Thursday that the number of affected people has escalated in the past few days and the intensive care units of all hospitals dealing with COVID-19 are occupied by patients.“If the situation continues like this, we may see a major crisis and tragedy in Afghanistan in June and July,” the minister, himself just recovered, warned a day earlier.However, the cabinet has approved a plan for easing the quarantine in the capital Kabul after Eid, Haidari said.According to the plan, almost all business owners can operate in three different shifts during the day in the city. Private cars with even and odd number plates will be permitted on roads only on alternate days.Restaurants, water pools, public baths, sports events, schools, government offices, and other populated areas will remain closed for the time being.Afghanistan which has a fragile healthcare system has recorded nearly 8,700 cases of the coronavirus with 193 deaths nationwide.With an estimated population of about 37 million people, only 26,700 people have been tested since the country reported its first case in February. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Dozens dead as Cyclone Amphan batters India and Bangladesh May 22, 2020 0 2180 Bangladesh slams claims security forces beat Rohingya refugees May 22, 2020 0 413 Pakistan police arrest main suspect in killing of teen girls May 22, 2020 0 55 Philippines tops world for online child sex abuse: study AFP Manila The Philippines has become the world’s largest known source of online child sexual exploitation, with endemic poverty helping drive a surge in abuse, a report said Thursday. Parents and relatives were .. Spike in new coronavirus cases puts Gaza on edge AFP Gaza City A wave of coronavirus infections among residents returning to Gaza has more than doubled the number of cases in the strip in recent days, raising fears of a bigger outbreak. The impoverished Palestinian .. 62 Algerians saved from boats off the coast of Spain Madrid The Spanish lifeboat service and the police have rescued a total of 62 migrants from five boats in the Mediterranean within the past two days. The people - all Algerians - were discovered on Wednesday and Thursday .. Palestinian official says CIA information-sharing halted AFP Jerusalem The Palestinian security services will stop sharing information with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in protest at Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, a senior official said .. Tunisia to reopen mosques, cafes and hotels on June 4 Tunis Tunisia will reopen places of worship, restaurants and hotels from June 4, authorities announced Thursday, more than two months after closing them over the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening could be delayed if .. Turkey’s Erdogan, Japan’s Abe open Istanbul hospital amidst pandemic DPA Istanbul The leaders of Turkey and Japan opened a new hospital in Istanbul, which they called a symbol of their enduring friendship in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Basaksehir Cam and Sakura City Hospital ..