COVID-19 in Central Asia: Chinese medical experts arrive in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz universities open admissions online
Medical experts from China arrived in Tajikistan to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The Chinese delegation arrived in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on a special charter flight. The group of health workers consists of 14 virologists from the Chinese province of Shaanxi. The airplane also brought 15 ventilators, medications and personal protective equipment worth US$700,000 (or 2.89 billion tenge). According to the recent data, the COVID-19 infected 3,100 people and killed 46 patients in Tajikistan.
The number of coronavirus cases in the neighboring Kyrgyzstan reached 1,468. Overall, 1,015 COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered. The country reported a total of 16 coronavirus-related deaths. Given the current epidemiological situation in the country, the Kyrgyz universities are conducting the entrance exams remotely. The admission of applicants will start on July 20. The Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science developed the special program that will allow the school graduates to submit the documents required for the university admission in electronic format. In addition, the Ministry cancelled the final exams for ninth and 11th grade students due to the spread of the COVID-19 infection.
The number of people who recovered from the COVID-19 infection is growing in Uzbekistan. Overall, more than 2,600 patients infected with the coronavirus reported to have recovered in the country. According to the Uzbek Health Ministry, 46 new coronavirus cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. 44 of the infected people came from abroad. To date, 641 coronavirus patients are in the hospitals under the medical supervision. Three patients are in severe condition. Uzbekistan reported a total of more than 3,260 COVID-19 cases and 13 coronavirus-linked deaths.
Turkmenistan still has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19.