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01 Apr 2020 | 08:46 PM UTC

Uzbekistan: Stricter containment measures in place as of April 1 /update 6

Authorities implement stricter containment measures, including movement restrictions, as of April 1 to prevent further spread of COVID-19



Enhanced containment measures are in effect in Uzbekistan as of Wednesday, April 1, to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. As of Wednesday, all citizens over the age of 65 are prohibited from leaving their homes. Self-isolation orders continue in Tashkent, Nukus, Samarkand, and other regional centers. All individuals are prohibited from entering or exiting the cities by any mode of transportation, except for those transporting goods or foreign nationals wishing to depart from the country.

All land and air borders remain closed to non-Uzbek national and all commercial flights remain suspended. Public transportation services are suspended along with domestic flights. Restaurants, cafes, bars, fitness centers, shopping malls, and entertainment venues are closed, and public events are banned. It is compulsory to wear a facemask while outside and individuals may be fine for violating the measure.

As of April 1, 181 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over 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.