Coronavirus — Cases Triple in Kyrgyzstan

  • The total number of deaths in the country reached 66 people.
  • Bishkek's mayor warned that measures will be taken against those who violate quarantine regulations.
  • City Hall has restricted access to parks, squares, boulevards, central squares, and other public places.

Health officials in Kyrgyzstan say 526 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a single day. Of these, 211 new cases were identified in Bishkek. The total number of infected people reached 6,261. It has tripled in a month, and is the highest in recent weeks. Four patients have died in the past day.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Kyrgyzstan in March 2020. As of July 2, there were 6,261 cases and 66 deaths.

These four are between the ages of 56-71. The total number of deaths in the country reached 66 people. This situation has put the country’s already weak health care system in a difficult position. There are complaints about the lack of space in hospitals and the inability of doctors to care for patients. The government is urging people not to panic.

Due to the difficult situation in Bishkek, volunteer doctors from other regions will be sent to the capital. Many health workers are infected with the virus. In one day, 42 health workers across the country became infected with the coronavirus. In one day, 18 medical workers were discharged from hospitals.

In total, 921 health workers in the country were diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 464 nurses were discharged from hospitals. Said Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov:

“Inaccurate and disturbing information is spreading very fast. Yes, there are certain problems. For example, the beds for patients are filling up quickly. The queues in hospitals are alarming. We and the doctors are doing everything possible to resolve the situation. We are making efforts.”

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Kubatbek Boronov is a Kyrgyz politician who has served as the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan since 17 June 2020. Prior to being named prime minister Boronov had served as First Deputy Prime Minister from April 2018. He has also served as the Minister of Emergency Situations from 2011 to 2018.

Bishkek’s mayor warned that measures will be taken against those who violate quarantine regulations. Mayor Aziz Surakmatov said at a briefing on July 1 that measures against violators of quarantine in the city will be tightened. “The number of raids will also increase. Fines will be imposed immediately without warning.”

According to the mayor, the relevant authorities have been instructed to conduct daily inspections in four districts of Bishkek. Particular attention will be paid to markets, shopping malls, public transport, and public places.

On July 1, the Republican Anti-Coronavirus Operations Headquarters announced a new work schedule in the capital. According to him, the opening hours of public transport, restaurants, and markets are limited. In Bishkek, public transport— buses, trolleybuses, minibusses— is available only on weekdays from 7:00 to 10:00 in the morning, and from 17:00 to 21:00 in the evening.

On Saturdays and Sundays, it will be completely stopped. Cafes, restaurants, and public catering establishments are allowed to work only from 8:00 to 20:00. Supermarkets and shopping malls are open from 7:00 to 19:00. Markets are open daily from 6:00 to 17:00.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Bicycle rental points, children’s playgrounds and trampolines, and other unauthorized street trading points and services;
  • Restaurants, nightclubs, bars, karaoke clubs, and other entertainment establishments are closed regardless of the number of customers.
  • Children’s entertainment facilities.

City Hall has restricted access to parks, squares, boulevards, central squares, and other public places.

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