Central Asia keeps up the fight with COVID-19
To date, Kazakhstan is the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases in Central Asia. The COVID-19 infected 1,735 people in Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan has reported slightly fewer cases by now. The novel coronavirus infected 1,565 people in Uzbekistan. Uzbek authorities announced that the quarantine restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 will be extended in the country until May 10.
“The lockdown measures (quarantine), introduced by the Special Republican Commission until April 20, as well as an enhanced regime to counter the spread of coronavirus infection, were extended until May 10,” the official statement says.
Experts say that the relatively small increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in Uzbekistan is due to the high degree of discipline of its citizens. According to the data provided by several sources, Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, leads in the highest self-isolation index. In addition, experts note the effective precautions taken by the Uzbek government in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Thus, the Special Republican Commission on prevention of coronavirus spread introduced a new regulation that states that taxi drivers will now be required to wear protective medical suits, gloves and masks.
The COVID-19 situation in Kyrgyzstan is also pretty positive. The country reported a total of 568 cases. Nearly half of them have already recovered from the coronavirus. The total number of COVID-19 patients who were discharged from hospitals in Kyrgyzstan is 201. The Kyrgyz Deputy Health Minister Nurbolot Usenbayev said that the peak of coronavirus outbreak in Kyrgyzstan is expected on April 20-24. Minister Usenbayev noted that the Health Ministry established a forecasting team of scientists and medical experts.
“They constantly monitor the global situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the epidemiological situation in the country,” Usenbayev said.
Usenbayev reminded the Kyrgyz citizens that self-isolation and social distancing will help containing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
To date, both Tajikistan and Turkmenistan haven’t reported any cases of coronavirus infection.