Policy responses for Uzbekistan - HSRM


Policy responses for Uzbekistan

6. Measures in other sectors

6.1 Measures in other sectors

Many MEASURES IN OTHER SECTORS beyond the immediate scope of the health system are being taken to prevent further spread of the virus. This section contains information on many of these areas, including border and travel restrictions and economic and fiscal measures, among others.

The Uzbek president unveiled a project to restart the tourism industry on May 27. In the first stage, the aim is to encourage domestic tourism. Later, the country will resume connections with countries that have contained their COVID-19 cases, Gazeta.uz reported. The project is entitled “Uzbekistan. Safe travel guaranteed.”

The government announced on June 4 that it would allow more stores, restaurants and kindergartens to reopen on June 15. A ban on nightclubs, city buses and the Tashkent metro, concerts and group prayers will remain.

High school seniors applying to university will only have to sit tests on two subjects during their exit exams instead of the usual five, reported Fergana News on June 4. However, they must still report physically to take the exam. Students will wear masks and gloves during the test, while the exam room will be disinfected no less than four times during the day.

The lockdown was tightened in several regions near Tashkent on May 27.

Some 65,000 Uzbeks in Russia have asked their government for help getting home, Fergana News reported on May 14. Dozens rallied outside their consulate in St. Petersburg the day before; some were detained for violating social distancing regulations. Several hundred more gathered in Orenburg, near the Kazakh border, demanding a transit corridor so they can return home. Russia closed its borders in March. The country has been divided into zones to indicate the level of permitted movement: red, yellow and green. In the green zone, cars can move freely without special permits and more businesses are allowed to reopen.

Source: (https://eurasianet.org/dashboard-coronavirus-in-eurasia)

International borders

Suspending or restricting international flights
1-Mar-20: The following flights (arrival/departure) were officially suspended: Tehran (Iran), Kabul (Afghanistan), Rome (Italy), Jeddah/Medina (Saudi Arabia), and Seoul (South Korea).

02-Mar-20: The following flights (arrival/departure) were suspended: Iran, Afghanistan, Italy, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

16-Mar-20: Uzbek citizens located abroad will be able to return to the country after undergoing a 14-day quarantine.

22-Apr-20: Uzbekistan, together with Azerbaijan, takes coordinated actions to ensure effective sanitary quarantine measures at common borders.

Closing international land borders

16-Mar-20: Closure of air and road links with other countries, including railway connections.

Restricting internal movement

4-Mar-20: All public transport has been temporarily suspended in Tashkent.

27-Mar-20: Samarkand, Bukhara, Surkhandarya regions and Fergana valley are closed for quarantine.

30-Mar-20: Restrictions were imposed on the movement of cars in Tashkent, Nukus and regional centres, as well as between regions, initially until 20 April 2020.

1-Apr-20: In Tashkent, Nukus and regional centre a self-isolation regime was introduced, which has become mandatory since April 5

6-Apr-20: in Tashkent, Nukus and administrative centres of the regions, people are prohibited from traveling in motor vehicles.

International cooperation

28-Mar-20: UAE sent humanitarian aid to Uzbekistan to fight spread of COVID-19.

02-Apr-20: Uzbek media is reporting that the government sent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan (including medical masks, PPE, thermal imagers and food stuffs).

WHO support

WHO is providing technical support in the area of infection prevention and control, and clinical management of COVID-19 patients – more than 200 doctors participated in the WHO training on 14 April.
WHO laboratory expert also have provided technical support to Ministry of Health to establish the lab diagnostics of COVID-19. National virology lab specialists were trained how to conduct confirmatory testing for COVID-19 using the WHO-provided test kits. The WHO Country Office in Uzbekistan has developed presentations for the population on stress management and how to deal with children under lockdown.