30 Apr 2020 12:30

Central Asia reports over 200 new Covid-19 cases, total number reaches 5,968

NUR-SULTAN/BISHKEK/TASHKENT. April 30 (Interfax) - Central Asia has reported 206 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 5,968, while the number of recoveries has reached 2,347, including 144 patients discharged from hospitals upon recovery over the past day, the relevant agencies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan said on Thursday.

According to the Uzbek Health Ministry, the coronavirus death toll rose to nine in Uzbekistan overnight, and the number of coronavirus deaths seen in Central Asia has now reached 42.

According to the Kazakh government's operative headquarters, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has reached 3,205 in Kazakhstan as of Thursday morning, an increase of 127 over the course of the day. Most cases were reported from Almaty (944), Nur-Sultan (627), the Kyzyl-Orda region (198), and Shymkent (190).

As of Thursday, Kazakhstan has seen 819 coronavirus recoveries, an increase of 45 over the course of the day. The death toll remains unchanged at 25 since April 24.

Kyrgyzstan has reported 17 new Covid-19 cases and a cumulative number of 746 cases, according to head of the Kyrgyz Health Ministry's public health department Ainura Akmatova.

"As of April 30, the republic has registered 17 new Covid-19 patients, among them four medical workers," Akmatova said at a press briefing on Thursday. A total of 195 medical workers have contracted coronavirus at this time, and 105 of them have recovered, she said.

"In all, 746 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Kyrgyzstan. There are 276 patients in hospitals, six in ICUs. Twenty-five patients were discharged from hospitals over the course of the day," Akmatova said. As of April 30, Kyrgyzstan has seen a total of eight coronavirus deaths, with no rise in the past 24 hours, and 462 recoveries, she said.

Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, another 62 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and the total number of cases has reached 2,017, the Uzbek Health Ministry said on Thursday. According to the Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus recoveries increased by 74 to a total of 1,066 over the course of the day.

One coronavirus patient died overnight, bringing the death toll to nine.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan have taken emergency measures to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

According to official information, there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. However, travel to those countries is restricted, and quarantines have been put into place to ward off Covid-19.