COVID-19 in Central Asia: Uzbekistan receives ventilators from Turkey, Turkmenistan cancels last bell ceremonies
14 people caught coronavirus in the children’s ward of the Kyrgyz National Oncology Center in Bishkek, including eight children, three parents and three medical workers. The ward is currently closed for quarantine.
“We tested 120 people at once in the National Center. 14 were infected with COVID-19. They were transferred in the center’s special ward, because children cannot be transported to other hospitals,” said Kyrgyz Deputy Health Minister Nurbolot Usenbayev.
The total number of infected people in Kyrgyzstan reached 1,350. 949 patients recovered.
Turkey donated 50 ventilators to Uzbekistan, Fergana Agency reported. Director General for Foreign Affairs at the Turkish Health Ministry Dr. Selami Kilic emphasized that Turkey provided Uzbekistan with corresponding batch of medical equipment as a fraternal country, although it has not yet fully provided its own needs with such devices.
“The ventilators were developed jointly by engineers from four large Turkish companies,” commented Dr. Selami Kilic.
Statistics on patients recovering from COVID-19 in Uzbekistan improves every day. Medical staff has already cured 2,407 people, while 3,006 people were infected overall. 13 people died.
Situation with coronavirus in Tajikistan is worse. The number of cases there reached 2,350. 210 people have caught coronavirus over the past 24 hours only. 1,008 patients recovered; 44 died.
Turkmen authorities assure that Turkmenistan is one of the few countries without any cases of coronavirus.
However, at a meeting of Ashgabat Education Department held on May 20, they made a decision to cancel the last bell ceremony for graduates of city’s schools without explaining the reasons.
At the same time all civil servants undergo mandatory health screening in medical institutions of Turkmenistan. The population’s health has been monitored here since April, but the results of inspections are not published anywhere.