June 22, 2020 / 4:15 PM / 14 days ago

Uzbekistan isolates dozens of areas in capital due to coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks wait in line to enter a grocery store amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tashkent, Uzbekistan April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov/File Photo

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Dozens of “red zones” in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, that have reported high numbers of new coronavirus infections are to be temporarily cut off from the rest of the city, the government said on Monday. Checkpoints will be used to control exit and entry.

The Central Asian nation has been gradually lifting coronavirus-related restrictions since last month, having divided its territory into “red”, “yellow” and “green” zones depending on the rate of infection.

Tashkent, which has 2.5 million of Uzbekistan’s 34 million people, and the surrounding province have accounted for more than half the country’s total of 6,400 coronavirus cases.

Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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