Live COVID-19 updates: Uzbekistan to lock down capital Tashkent over COVID-19 outbreak, more cases reported worldwide

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-23 22:03:51|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The world is now in battle against the common threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disease caused by a previously unknown coronavirus that has spread to over 180 countries and regions around the world.

The following are the updates on the contagious illness.

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan has decided to lock down its capital city Tashkent from Tuesday to counter the spread of coronavirus, the Special Commission for the Control of Coronavirus said Monday.

All types of transport, including buses, cars, aircraft and rail, will be suspended except for cargo, it said, adding only permanent residents in Tashkent will be allowed in.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan is adopting China's rigorous measures in fighting the coronavirus, a senior public health official said here Monday.

Ainura Akmatova, head of the public health department of the Health Ministry, said at a news briefing China's experience would prove invaluable for Kyrgyzstan.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has sent about 100 experts and diagnostics and disinfection equipment on nine military aircraft to Italy to help fight the coronavirus.

The medical help includes leading virology and epidemiology experts along with modern equipment for diagnosis and disinfection, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI -- Amid COVID-19 concerns, the Indian government has announced that it would suspend the domestic flights from Wednesday.

"The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations with effect from the midnight 23:59 (local time) IST on March. 24, 2020," says a statement issued by the federal ministry of civil aviation. "Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 23:59 hours on March 24, 2020."

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said that travelers arriving from the United States will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the measure becoming effective from Thursday, in-bound travelers from the United States will be required to self-isolate in their hotels or places of residence and not use public transportation systems, an official from the government said.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya on Monday granted approval of Google Loon Services in Kenya to roll out universal 4G data coverage throughout the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who announced the approval, said the balloons will be dispatched from Loon's sites in the U.S., and it is hoped that they will arrive in the country in the next few weeks to ensure Kenyans access internet as they work from home during COVID-19 period.

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BEIJING -- Chinese authorities on Monday deployed measures to guard against imported cases of COVID-19 and a rebound in domestically transmitted cases in response to changes in the epidemic situation.

A leading group of China's COVID-19 epidemic response convened a meeting on Monday, which was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

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TOKYO -- Japan's health ministry and local governments said Monday the total number of people infected with the COVID-19 in Japan stood at 1,119 as of 8:30 p.m. local time here.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 52 people, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, close to Tokyo.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health said it had confirmed 54 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:00 p.m. local time Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 509.

Among the 54 new confirmed cases, 48 were imported cases and six were local cases that were currently unlinked.

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LAGOS -- A total of 36 confirmed coronavirus cases have been recorded in Nigeria, local health authorities said Monday.

In a statement, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, which confirmed the latest figure, said the country has 33 active cases, two discharged cases, and one death.

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TUNIS -- The Tunisian health authorities on Monday reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 89.

Out of the 89 cases, 29 are local cases and 60 are imported ones, Nissaf Ben Alaya, director general of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, said at a press briefing.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait reported one new COVID-19 case over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 189, the Health Ministry announced Monday.

At a press conference, the ministry's spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad said that the new case is a Kuwaiti woman who recently returned from the United Arab Emirates.

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LISBON -- Portugal recorded 2,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 -- 460 more from Sunday, and 23 deaths, according to a bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health on Monday.

Of the 2,060 people infected, the vast majority, or 1,859, are treated at home, 201 hospitalized, and 47 in intensive care units.