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No need to panic, adopt hygiene practices: Dr. Niyazi

No need to panic, adopt hygiene practices: Dr. Niyazi

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Mar 17, 2020 - 18:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Renowned religious scholar and Kabul University teacher Dr. Ayaz Niyazi on Tuesday urged the nation to adopt basic hygiene practices and don’t fear coronavirus.

So far 22 persons have tested positive in Afghanistaninfo-icon --- 13 in Herat, three in Samangan, two in Logar and one each in Kapesa, Badghis, Balkh and Daikundi provinces.

The coronavirus first surfaced in China three months earlier and currently has spread to more than 120 countries.

According to Worldinfo-icon Healthinfo-icon Organisation (WHO,) nearly 6,000 people have been killed and over 160,000 others infected by the deadly virus.

During an exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan News, Dr. Niyazi said adopting precautionary measures before treatment was Islamic and could contain the virus spread.

He said people should not be unnecessarily worried because it created tension itself.

According to Niyazi, comparing to other countries, Coronavirus has not spread in Afghanistan to the extent to force people into distancing themselves from mass prayers at mosques.

“When the virus spreads and more people are affected, then Islam allows people to offer prayers at homes and adopt isolation. Once there was excessive raining in Medinainfo-icon, the Prophet (PBUH) instructed people to offer their prayers at their homes,” he said.

He criticized the Iranian government for expelling Afghans from the country, saying Coronavirus was not spreading in Iran due to Afghans.

He asked the government to adopt a clear policy regarding the Afghans returning from Iran.

About Monday’s situation in the market, Niyazi said he feared Afghanistan will suffer economically due to coronavirus.

Yesterday, the price of flour soared 40 percent while the rate of other necessary commodities surged 20 percent in the market.

Nh/ma

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