Uzbekistan Is Going to Start Lifting Coronavirus Lockdown From Saturday

The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 20.1 million people worldwide

Uzbekistan is going to lift the coronavirus or COVID-19 second lockdown from Saturdaty, the government mentioned on Wednesday, promising to restore majority of the services in the central Asian nation within days for reviving the economy.

The government reimposed the lockdown last month after lifting it in June following a rise in the number of deadly virus case, which left the hospitals in the country grappling to cope.

COVID-19 in Uzbekistan

Chief nurse Ma Jing holds a patient's hand to comfort her in the ICU (intensive care unit) of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 24, 2020. By Thursday midnight, Hubei Province in central China reported 549 cumulative confirmed cases of the new coronavirus pneumonia, with 495 in Wuhan, the provincial capital. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi/IANS) Xinhua/IANS

On Saturday, people will be allowed to drive their cars again and hold ceremonies such as weddings for up to 30 guests at their homes. Businesses such as hotels, barbershops and outdoor cafes will also be able to reopen and air and rail traffic will resume, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's office said in a statement. On Monday the former Soviet republic plans to restart bus services and on Aug. 20 large shops, markets and gyms will be able to reopen.

Uzbekistan, a country of 34 million, has reported 32,215 COVID-19 cases and 208 deaths from the disease. It has yet to announce its plans with regards to schools that usually open on September 2. However, the government has said that university and college entrance exams will be held at stadiums across the country.

(With agency inputs)

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