Covid-19 Journal #10 – April 16, 2020

The government is arranging for mobile mini-markets in neighborhood in Tashkent. This morning, several trucks came with produce and police and neighborhood elders set up tables. My neighbor rang our bell to let us know that the market was ready. I walked over and saw eggs, potatoes, onions, etc. for sale. We have been getting groceries delivered via private taxi and didn’t need any, but it was nice to see the government helping people. The markets are meant to reduce numbers at the larger markets around the city, thus increasing social distancing.

The Ministry of Health reported 1,349 cases of Covid-19 in Uzbekistan. The number of confirmed cases continues to grow with more people being tested. The average daily growth continues to increase, mostly because of increased testing. The Prosecutor General reported 42,782 violations of quarantine regulations. Interestingly, most of them, 39291 were committed by men and only 525 by women. Almost all (40,000) of the violations were not wearing a mask, which is mandatory here if you are out of the house.

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