WHO mission is headed to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to assess the countries’ epidemiological situations
In case Kyrgyzstan doesn’t extend the nationwide lockdown after April 30, some companies in Bishkek, including construction projects, service stations, rubber vulcanizing services and taxis are preparing to get back to work. Kyrgyzstan reported a total of 656 coronavirus cases. 25 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. The number of recovery cases is also growing. 322 patients were discharged from hospitals in Kyrgyzstan after the full recovery from the novel coronavirus. The total COVID-19-related death toll in the country reached eight.
Uzbekistan also reported a total of eight coronavirus-related deaths. However, the number of infections in the country is almost three times bigger than in Kyrgyzstan. According to the latest data, COVID-19 infected 1,778 people in Uzbekistan. 598 patients reported to have recovered. Meanwhile, the country’s authorities are already worrying about the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. Uzbekistan intends to attract US$3.1 billion from the international financial institutions in order to combat effects of coronavirus pandemic. The Uzbek government intends to receive the additional US$375 million of the financial aid from the International Monetary Fund.
According to the official data, to date, both Tajikistan and Turkmenistan haven’t reported any cases of coronavirus infection. The World Health Organization will send missions to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan next week to verify the veracity of the provided information, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr. Hans Kluge said at a virtual briefing. The WHO expert mission will assess the epidemiological situation in the countries and give the recommendations on how to improve measures aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A briefing will be held following the visit at which the WHO specialists will provide a report on the whole region of Central Asia.