The Afghan Authorities Will Release More Than 12 Thousand Prisoners Due To The Pandemic
The Afghan authorities have decided to release more than 12 thousand people in the country's prisons in order to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus, according to the Afghan Agency The Khaama Press.
According to the head of the government's Department of prisons, Ahmad Rashid Tutaha, "12,399 prisoners will be released under the Amnesty of President Ashraf Ghani." He added that the process of releasing the prisoners will begin in the first days of May.
On March 26, the head of the Afghan state signed a decree on Amnesty for about 10 thousand prisoners due to fears of the spread of coronavirus in local prisons. In accordance with this order, more than 6 thousand people have already been released.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, currently, the number of people infected with coronavirus is about 1.5 thousand, in Afghanistan. The number of fatalities is close to 50.
Kabul and several other major cities of the Republic have been under lockdown since March 28. Citizens are not allowed to go out on the streets without urgent need, and they are also advised not to gather in large groups.