Tajikistan has highest COVID-19 death toll in Central Asia, Uzbekistan resumes domestic flights
According to the Yandex self-isolation index, the level of self-isolation in Kyrgyzstan is low. The IT giant Yandex reminds that the self-isolation is one of the main measures in the fight against the novel coronavirus. It compares the urban activity level now and on a normal pre-epidemic day.
“If the urban activity level is the same as during the rush hour of the normal weekdays, then it means that the self-isolation level is low and stands at zero, which is obviously bad. If it is quite on the streets, which is typical for late night hours, the self-isolation index will show five on the scale. The higher the figure, the more difficult it is for coronavirus to spread,” the Yandex website states.
The self-isolation index in Bishkek on May 18 stands at two, which means that there are many people on the streets. According to official data, Kyrgyzstan reported a total of 1,216 COVID-19 cases and 14 coronavirus-related deaths. Overall, 827 patients reported to have recovered.
The number of people who recovered from COVID-19 is growing in Uzbekistan. The novel coronavirus infected 2,762 people and killed 2,254 patients in the country.
Uzbekistan significantly relaxed quarantine measures due to the increase in the number of cases of recovery from the coronavirus infection. The Uzbek airline UZAirways resumes its domestic flights starting today, May 18. Only passengers who have a certificate confirming that they haven’t been infected with coronavirus will be allowed to board the airplane. The COVID-19 test must be taken at the Center for Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance within 120 hours before the flight departure time. The flight passengers must be wearing a protective face mask and gloves during the check-in and the flight itself. They must also observe the social distancing while approaching their sit in the cabin of the airplane.
According to the press office of the Uzbek rail carrier ‘Oʻzbekiston Temir Yoʻllari’, similar sanitary rules and requirements to the passengers were established on the trains as well. The railway services within the country will be resumed starting today, May 18. The passenger transport services on international routes were suspended from March 16 and domestically from March 27.
Meanwhile, according to the Fergana News, Tajikistan became the hardest-hit country in Central Asia in terms of the total number of coronavirus-related deaths. According to recent data, Tajikistan reported a total of more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases and 39 deaths. Another 4,200 Tajik residents are currently under the supervision of doctors.
Another Central Asian state, Turkmenistan, still states that there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.