COVID-19 cases in Central Asia exceed 17,000
The novel coronavirus continues to spread across the Central Asia. Kazakhstan remains the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. As of the morning of May 27, there are a total of 9,304 coronavirus cases in the country. Uzbekistan is the second worst-hit country in the region. The dangerous virus infected 3,300 people in the country. Twice less coronavirus cases were registered in Kyrgyzstan.
Uzbekistan: Government expands the scope of COVID-19 testing
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed local authorities to widen the scope of COVID-19 testing. This measure is necessary to see how many people in the country are actually the virus carriers and to stop the spread of the infection. In addition, the national coronavirus emergency response team will have to reassess the COVID-19 infection rate in Uzbekistan and, if necessary, tighten quarantine measures in certain regions of the country. According to the recent data, at least 90 new coronavirus cases per day are recorded in the country. Currently, 644 patients infected with COVID-19 are undergoing treatment in the hospitals for infectious diseases.
Kyrgyzstan: COVID-19 cases among health workers approach 300
In the neighboring Kyrgyzstan, one in five patients infected with COVID-19 is a health worker. To date, more than 300 doctors were infected with the novel coronavirus in the country. Experts attribute this to the fact that not all health workers in Kyrgyzstan have personal protective equipment. The country reported a total of 1,500 COVID-19 cases.
Local media also reports that the Kyrgyz citizens keep returning to the country. The Kyrgyz citizens arrived from overseas are quarantined in the barracks of the former American air base.
Tajikistan: COVID-19 cases exceed 3,000
166 more coronavirus cases were registered in Tajikistan. According to the Health Ministry of Tajikistan, to date there are 3,266 COVID-19 cases in the country. Tajikistan reported a total of 47 coronavirus-linked deaths. Nearly 1,500 COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, 436 of which were registered in the last 24 hours.
No confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkmenistan
Meantime, Turkmenistan still has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19. Despite the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the government authorities of Turkmenistan haven’t declared quarantine in the country. All institutions continue to work as usual and even the universities and schools didn’t switch to distance learning.