Central Asian countries change approach to treatment of COVID-19 patients with zero or mild symptoms
Uzbekistan abandoned the practice of hospitalizing asymptomatic coronavirus carriers or patients with mild symptoms. Uzbek Health Ministry stated that even in developed countries, if the patients are not in serious condition, they stay at home and follow the medical recommendations received from doctors. Previously, Uzbekistan stopped a 14-day rehabilitation period of coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals after recovery. As for the epidemiological situation in the country, 68 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Uzbekistan in the last 24 hours. Most of the cases were detected among people in the quarantine center. To date, there are 5,561 coronavirus cases in Uzbekistan. More than 4,000 patients recovered; 19 died. Currently, nearly 1,500 COVID-19 patients are being treated in the country’s hospitals.
Kyrgyzstan changed the approach to the treatment of the patients diagnosed with coronavirus in order to reduce the burden on the national healthcare system.
“According to the new algorithm, asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 infection will be treated at home. Nevertheless, a special group will monitor such patients to exclude possible risks of infecting other people,” press office of Kyrgyz Health Ministry said in a statement.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Kyrgyzstan increased over the past week. 90 new coronavirus cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. The COVID-19 infected nearly 2,600 people in Kyrgyzstan.
Meantime, supermarkets, clothing markets and stores, restaurants, hotels and beauty salons, which were closed since April 30, resumed work in Tajikistan. The businesses must comply with the rules on wearing masks, as well as social distancing and sanitary norms. The mayor’s office of Dushanbe reported that nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs and services workers resumed their activities. The republican commission introduced the rule of mandatory wearing of medical protective masks in public places. Violators will face a fine. In addition, Tajikistan is not going to open its borders yet. Tajik citizens are not allowed to travel outside the country. According to recent data, there are 5,160 COVID-19 cases and 50 coronavirus-linked deaths in the country. 3,624 patients in Tajikistan reported to have recovered.
Turkmenistan remains a coronavirus-free country. The country still has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19.