The Afghan government is due to release certain prisoners as part of preventive measures to fight the further outbreak of coronavirus.

The ARG Palace in a statement said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a meeting late on Sunday to discuss the issue.

The statement further added that the General Director of Prisons Detention Centres was also present in the meeting during which the issue of the release of prisoners was discussed.

The General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centres and the Judicial Institutions were instructed to prepare a plan in the next 48 hours regarding the release of those prisoners who have pending criminal cases, ARG Palace added.

According to ARG Palace, the decision was taken in line with the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.

This comes as the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday announced that the authorities have recorded ten new positive cases of coronavirus in the country, including two foreign diplomats who returned to country after contracting the disease.

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