Coronavirus Update In The Caucasus & Central Asia
Last updated April 1.
We can provide some more specific details on the Covid-19 outbreak in the Caucasus and Central Asia as follows:
Georgia has reported 110 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus. Georgia’s government has imposed a nationwide curfew to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Travel between cities and towns will be banned and people leaving their homes need to carry their ID cards.
Officials in Armenia reported 50 new cases of the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday, bringing the total to 532. Armenia has become the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Asia and South Caucasus region.
Azerbaijan confirmed 64 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to 273. Four people have died.
The government also ordered people to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary. All shops, restaurants and bars have been shut.
The authorities in Kazakhstan said on Tuesday that the country now had 325 cases of the coronavirus. They also said that a second person had died from the disease. Both Almaty and Nur-Sultan have been placed under a quarantine through state-of-emergency laws. Kazakhstan has suspended the export of key foodstuffs for three weeks to ensure that supplies are maintained during the coronavirus emergency.
The Kyrgyz health ministry said that there had been another 14 cases of the Covid-19 virus reported in the country on Tuesday. The new cases bring the total number of cases registered in Kyrgyzstan to 107. Most of these are in the south of the country. Kyrgyz PM Mukhammetkalyi Abylgaziev declared a month-long state-of-emergency to fight the coronavirus. Kyrgyzstan declared a state-of-emergency on Tuesday linked to the coronavirus and placed its three biggest cities – Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad in lockdown. The IMF has approved a fund of $121m to help Kyrgyzstan fight the coronavirus. The fund is made up of an US$80.6m loan from the Rapid Financing Instrument Programme and a US$40.3m loan from the Rapid Credit Facility.
Tajikistan is one of the few countries in the world that has still not reported any cases of the Covid-19 virus.
Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus. However media reports said that passengers arriving on a ferry from Azerbaijan into Turkmenistan earlier this week tested positive for the disease. Other media reports said that it was banned to discuss the coronavirus in Ashgabat. Travel restrictions are now imposed across the country and in Ashgabat and entry for foreigners into Turkmenistan is now restricted.
Officials in Uzbekistan reported eight more cases of the coronavirus. This brings the total number of cases in Uzbekistan to 158. Most cases have been reported in Tashkent and all Uzbek cities are now in lockdown. Uzbekistan’s government also said that it was prohibiting travel between its provinces.
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