May 19, 2020 / 10:42 AM / 13 days ago

Kyrgyzstan to lift most coronavirus-linked restrictions

BISHKEK, May 19 (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan will lift most of the remaining coronavirus-related restrictions in the coming days, reopening the retail and services sectors and public transportation, the government said on Tuesday.

The country has confirmed 1,243 COVID-19 cases with 14 deaths, and 898 people have recovered. It ended a state of emergency this month which had been introduced in March and saw curfews imposed in major cities.

Hotels and most service providers will reopen across the nation of 7 million from May 21, while malls and large non-food markets - a key sector for the country which serves as a regional hub for Chinese consumer goods - will reopen on May 25, Deputy Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov told a briefing.

Public transit will also restart work from May 25, he said. Higher-risk facilities such as public pools and saunas will remain closed and so will schools, although kindergartens may reopen in June. (Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko Writing by Olzhas Auyezov and Angus MacSwan)

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