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Jalalabad: 350 craftsmen, shop owners die from Covid-19

Jalalabad: 350 craftsmen, shop owners die from Covid-19

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Jun 11, 2020 - 20:39

 

JALALABAD (Pajhwok):  More than 350 craftsmen, shopkeepers, small businessmen and their family members died from Covid-19 infection in eastern Nangarhar province after the government eased lockdowns to contain the virus spread.

The Association of Craftsmen and Shopkeepers said on Thursday that the deaths occurred after lockdown measures were eased in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, since late May.

However, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon says so far about 420 people had died from the disease across the country.

After the outbreaks of the virus in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the government imposed restrictions in major cities including Jalalabad, but after the Eidul Fitr in late May, the quarantine measures started to ease until reduced to educational institutes only.

The craftsmen association said more than 350 shopkeepers, craftsmen and their family members died from the infection during the past about 20 days.

Aziz Rahman Arab, the association head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that today (Thursday) nine people belonging to their association died from Covid-19.

He said up to 20 people associated with the Jewelers Union died from the infection during the past as many days.

He said they distributed masks to the shopkeepers every day and insisted on precautions, but still the fatalities were on the increase due to crowds.”

Arab said the 350 deaths occurred in the limits of nine police districts of Jalalabad and they attended from four to eight funeral prayers on a daily basis.

Shopkeepers in the city said they applied precautions to their level best, but customers exhibited carelessness.

Nangarhar public health department spokesman Zahir Adil refused to comment on the matter, but said health officials would address a press conference soon about all issues being faced by the fight against Covid-19

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