Central Asian countries reinforce measures to combat COVID-19
Uzbekistan extended the quarantine introduced in July until August 15. The decision was made by the Special National Commission to combat coronavirus. Clothing markets, non-food stores, gyms, fitness clubs, swimming pools, restaurants, sanatoriums, children’s camps, guest houses, beaches and other recreational facilities will remain closed.
Mass events, weddings and other family celebrations remain prohibited. Groups of more than three people are not allowed to gather on the streets and in public places. People over 65 are not allowed to go to crowded places.
“Strict adherence to restrictions by citizens, in particular, of self-isolation, social distancing in public places, wearing medical masks, and using personal protective equipment and antiseptics, as well as washing hands with soap, are key factors in breaking the chain of the spread of coronavirus,” Uzbek Special National Commission to combat coronavirus said.
According to the official data, the COVID-19 infected 20,531 people and killed 116 coronavirus patients in Uzbekistan. 10,831 COVID-19 patients in the country reported to have recovered.
Meantime, 10 major financial organizations in Kyrgyzstan provided humanitarian assistance to Kyrgyz Health Ministry. They donated six ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators and 1,000 pulse oximeters.
“This support is provided in a timely manner in the context of the epidemiological situation in the country. The donated medical equipment is the necessary one and of great importance in the fight against coronavirus infection and pneumonia. The received equipment will be transferred to the ‘Semetei’ observatory facility and other medical organizations,” said State Secretary of Kyrgyz Health Ministry Kalysbek Shadykhanov.
548 more COVID-19 cased were registered in Kyrgyzstan in the last 24 hours. To date, there are 33,844 coronavirus cases in the country. The nationwide death toll now stands at 1,329. 22,965 COVID-19 patients in Kyrgyzstan reported to have recovered.
Testing of ventilators of local production concluded in Tajikistan. President of Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan Farhod Rahimi said that leading Tajik physicists were involved in the development of ventilators. The tests carried out have shown the effectiveness of Tajik ventilators. Enterprises are ready to start mass production of ventilators for medical needs. According to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan, 43 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the country in 24 hours. In total, there are 7,235 COVID-19 cases in Tajikistan. 6,028 coronavirus patients in the country reported to have recovered.
In Turkmenistan, the authorities intend to limit mass events during the Eid al-Adha. This is done as preventive measures. It was previously reported that the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan recommended Turkmen citizens wearing masks to protect the upper respiratory tract. The authorities still deny the COVID-19 presence in the country.