Measures Taken by Central Asian countries to Fight Coronavirus
Uzbek special republican commission on prevention of coronavirus spread made a decision to suspend the work of all airports in the country. Uzbek citizens were banned to move by personal vehicles until April 20, except life threatening emergencies. 145 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Uzbekistan this morning. Two people died, seven have recovered.
In Kyrgyzstan, a state of emergency and a curfew were imposed seven days ago in Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad cities, Nookat and Kara-Suu districts of Osh region as well as Suzak district of Jalal-Abad region. The state of emergency was declared in other regions. According to latest data, 84 coronavirus cases are registered in the country, three people are in critical condition.
Turkmen authorities stated that there are no cases of coronavirus in the country. However, borders are closed, movement in Turkmenistan is limited as well as the entry in Ashgabat. Enterprises suspend their work, involving food production companies. The amount of purchasing products via bank transfer is limited to 80 manats per day.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma is ready to help Central Asian countries to fight against COVID-19 spread. His foundation will donate medicines and remedies such as 1.7 million face masks, 165,000 test kits, protective clothing and medical equipment including fans and forehead thermometers to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and four other states. The humanitarian aid is expected to arrive soon.