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14 Jun 2020 | 05:10 PM UTC

Uzbekistan: Authorities to ease selected COVID-19 measures from June 15 /update 13

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Uzbek authorities to ease selected COVID-19 transportation measures from June 15; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tashkent). COUNTRY/REGION Uzbekistan, Tashkent

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On Sunday, June 14, Uzbek authorities announced that they will ease transportation measures amid a decrease in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from Monday, June 15. The Ministry of Transport has stated that certain international flights will resume with restrictions based on the country of departure's epidemic situation. Citizens and those with permanent residency, as well as individuals associated with certain business and diplomatic organizations and their families will be allowed to enter and leave the country at free will.

Furthermore, train service from Tashkent to various other cities throughout the country will resume with schedules based on the epidemiological situation in their respective regions.

As of Sunday, June 14, health authorities have confirmed 4994 COVID-19 cases and 19 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.


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