Coronavirus cases and fatalities continued to surge across Eurasian countries on Friday.
In the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, new cases rose by 1,501 to reach 44,075. A total of 14,777 patients have recovered and 188 people have died due to the virus.
Ayjan Yesmagambetova, a senior health official, said 11.5% of total COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers.
Yesmagambetova also stated that the number of pneumonia patients increased by 55% in January-June this year compared to the same period last year.
Pointing out that the number of fatalities from pneumonia has not changed much, Yesmagambetova said: “In the first six months of last year, 1,780 people died of pneumonia, while the number of those who died this year is 1772.”
Ukrainian Health Ministry reported 876 more cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 46,763, including 3,382 children and 6,874 health workers.
Twenty-seven more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,212, while recoveries climbed to 20,558 with 505 additions.
Ukraine’s health minister pointed out that many of those who died of the virus were aged 60-65 and urged to follow the rules set out against the pandemic.
The virus cases in Armenia increased to 26,320, as 662 more people contracted COVID-19 over the past day, according to Health Ministry data.
Ten more people died of the virus, raising the toll to 469.
A total of 118,102 tests have been performed in the country, while 15,484 patients have recovered and the treatment of 11,211 continues.
In Kyrgyzstan, 506 more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the tally to 6,767, including 2,655 recoveries.
To date, 66 people have died from COVID-19 in the country.
The country carried out 2,955 coronavirus tests over the past 24 hours.
Kyrgyzstan evacuated its 232 citizens from Turkey.
In Uzbekistan, 203 more people contracted the virus, raising the tally to 9,199.
To date, a total of 27 people have died, while 6,034 patients have recovered.
The country’s Health Ministry said a total of 3,138 people were receiving treatment.
The country has so far carried out 1.2 million coronavirus tests, while 64 people remain under surveillance.
Georgia reported four cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 946.
To date, 15 people have died and 821 people recovered from the disease.
As many as 242 people were under surveillance in various hospitals, and 3,080 people were kept in quarantine.
Over 10.9 million cases have been reported in 188 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December.
The US, Brazil, and Russia and several European states are currently the hardest-hit countries in the world.
The pandemic has claimed nearly 522,000 lives worldwide, while recoveries are now over 5.78 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.
*Writing by Burak Dag from Ankara
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