Reports on COVID-19 in Central Asia
Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov asked the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for assistance in the fight against the coronavirus. President Jeenbekov held a telephone conversation with the IDB President Dr. Bandar Hajjar, during which the parties discussed these issues. Previously, Kyrgyzstan received the financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the recent data, Kyrgyzstan has now recorded a total of 280 coronavirus cases. The total number of people who have died after testing positive for COVID-19 now stands at four.
Meantime, the World Bank is set to provide a financial grant of US$11 million for Tajikistan to prevent the coronavirus outbreak. By now, Tajikistan has reported zero coronavirus cases in the country. The country will allocate the money to purchase medical equipment, disinfectants and protective suits for health workers, said Tajik Health Minister Olimzoda Nasim Khoja. Tajikistan will also purchase 100 more artificial lungs ventilators in addition to the 500 that the country already has. Minister said that the price for this equipment was US$10,000 just a month ago, however now it has increased to US$100,000.
Uzbek citizens donated more than US$5 million to the country’s anti-crisis fund to fight against the novel coronavirus, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said at a conference call. According to President Mirziyoyev, this fact indicates the readiness of the population to fight against the spread of COVID-19. Overall, Uzbek President expressed his satisfaction with how the citizens follow the necessary precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The most important thing is that the vast majority of Uzbek population fully realizes and has a clear sight about the current situation. People have switched to remote work. They follow the doctors’ recommendations and quarantine measures. They set an example for everyone by their consciousness and discipline. Our students continue the distance learning and online classes,” said President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Uzbekistan has now recorded a total of 546 coronavirus cases. 30 COVID-19 patients reported to have fully recovered.