In neighboring Uzbekistan, officials announced the country's first death from coronavirus.

A 72-year-old man who had suffered from other ailments died in the city of Namangan in the morning of March 27, according to Fergana news agency.

As of early March 27, Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health has reportedly confirmed 83 cases of infection.

Earlier, municipal authorities announced restrictions in Samarkand and the Ferghana valley cities Namangan and Andijan on March 26.

All vehicle traffic in and out of the cities has been restricted, with the exception of cargo transport, or security and government officials.

On March 24, Uzbekistan locked down its capital city Tashkent to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Uzbekistan when its first case was confirmed on March 15 2020. The case is the Uzbek national returning from France. Uzbekistan's Health Ministry has a list of people who were in contact with the victim, with plans to quarantine them.  After the case was announced, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a state of emergency in Kazakhstan, and promptly closed the border with Uzbekistan. 

According to Radio Liberty, Kazakhstan's government has widened restrictions in the country's two largest cities, ordering most companies to suspend operations next week as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions, announced March 27, came as the number of confirmed cases announced by the government reached 120.  Most of the cases are in the capital, Nur-Sultan, and Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.

Kyrgyzstan, announced 14 new cases on March 27, bringing the country's total to 58.  Earlier this week, authorities declared a state of emergency in the capital, Bishkek, and several other cities and regions.

Meanwhile, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have not reported any confirmed infections yet.