Coronavirus — Uzbekistan Reaches 29,000 Cases

  • The Senate chairman's statement came amid a tightening of quarantine in Uzbekistan, which lasts until August 15.
  • President Mirziyoyev has vigorously ordered a system of treatment for all patients infected with the coronavirus.
  • The Uzbek health care system says it is prepared for an increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus following the easing of quarantine measures.

Uzbekistan intends to gradually abolish quarantine measures. Rumors of the spread of coronavirus and pneumonia in the country have not stopped. In Uzbekistan, 690 cases have been registered within 24 hours, and the total number of coronavirus cases is close to 29,000.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Uzbekistan when its first case was confirmed on 15 March 2020, an Uzbek citizen returning from France. As of August 8, there have been 29,459 recorded cases and 185 deaths.

Pneumonia, which is said to be more serious than the coronavirus, continues to spread among the country’s population. Even the daily figures of more than seven hundred indicate that the spread of the disease has not yet slowed down. The calculations of independent experts and ordinary Uzbeks, based on their own observations, suggest that the real numbers are much higher than the official figures.

The Senate Speaker’s latest statement on quarantine was made at the sixth plenary session of the Senate on Friday. It came amid a tightening of quarantine in Uzbekistan, which lasts until August 15.

The meeting began with a minute of silence in memory of Musa Erniyazov, Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, and all the victims of the coronavirus in Uzbekistan.

The coronavirus was first officially registered in Uzbekistan on March 15 this year, bringing the total number of deaths to 179. Recently, however, officials have not ruled out the possibility that the death toll may be higher than the official figure.

The issue of enhanced quarantine is considered to be under the jurisdiction of the Republican Special Commission in Uzbekistan. The Senate chairman’s statement came shortly after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s quarantine remarks.

The Uzbek President addressed the issue during a video conference on August 4 dedicated to the pandemic. “The more quarantine, the more people are tortured,” he said.

President Mirziyoyev has vigorously ordered a system of treatment for all patients infected with the coronavirus. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Uzbekistan has been gradually easing the enhanced quarantine regime in the country since April 20.

However, the situation with the coronavirus has worsened, and Uzbekistan has decided to return to the enhanced quarantine regime on July 10. It was one of the first countries in the world to extend the status quo until August 15, along with Kazakhstan. In the same vein, quarantine restrictions have been officially relaxed in Kashkadarya and Fergana regions since August 3.

According to Tanzila Norbaeva, “the current difficulties will certainly pass, the pandemic will end, but no one can guarantee that there will be no such trials in the future.” He stressed that in such circumstances, strengthening national testing is one of the primary tasks. Habibullah Akilov, a spokesman for the anti-coronavirus headquarters, recently made a positive statement.

Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev is an Uzbek politician who has served as President of Uzbekistan and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan since 2016. Previously he was the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan from 2003 to 2016.

The Uzbek health care system says it is prepared for an increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus following the easing of quarantine measures. For the pandemic to be complete, everyone must be vaccinated. The coronavirus vaccine is not yet ready for public use. The World Health Organization warns that an effective vaccine may not be available at all.

Russia has recently announcement that it will soon begin mass vaccinations, but the announcement has been met with caution from the WHO organization. The Uzbek government is also planning to buy a coronavirus vaccine for the first time this week.

During a video conference on August 4, President Mirziyoyev handed over the task to Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Behzod Musaev.

Within a week, in consultation with leading scientists and experienced doctors, he ordered the purchase of the vaccine and the development of sound ways to implement the vaccination of the population. In the same vein, a number of leading Uzbek experts are paying close attention to the issue of mass vaccination against coronavirus.

They say it depends on “the development and widespread use of the coronavirus vaccine in the world.” It is unknown at this time whether Uzbekistan intends to purchase the vaccine from any country. The Uzbek Minister of Health and the Chief State Sanitary Inspector are still in the hospital.

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