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Uzbekistan sees increase in coronavirus cases

30 March 2020 13:04 (UTC+04:00)
Uzbekistan sees increase in coronavirus cases

By Trend

Eleven other Uzbek citizens have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 144, Trend reports citing the Ministry of Health.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Uzbekistan was detected on March 15 in the laboratory of the Research Institute of Virology; it was Uzbek woman who returned from France. The Ministry of Health later said that her son, daughter, husband and grandson also tested coronavirus-positive.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019. The number of people killed by the disease has surpassed 34,000. Over 723,320 people have been confirmed as infected. Meanwhile, over 151,990 people have reportedly recovered.

Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Several countries are working on a vaccine against the new virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.


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