The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population has released a statement, officially denying the rumors about the coronavirus-linked death in the Jabbor-Rasoulov district of the Sughd province. 

To-date, Tajikistan has conducted nearly 3,000 tests and that all have come back negative, said the statement released by the Health Ministry on April 6.

According to the statement, there is no indication that a 60-year-old patient in the Jabbor-Rasoulov central district hospital died from coronavirus. 

He was reportedly tested for coronavirus before the death and the test results were negative.  The man died of pneumonia, the statement said, noting that “conditions of persons in quarantine are stable and their test results are negative.”  

The ministry notes that country’s labs have more than 25,000 coronavirus test systems.

To-date, Tajikistan has reportedly conducted nearly 3,000 tests for coronavirus and all have come back negative.

According to the ministry, 22 samples were sent to labs in London and nine others were sent to labs in Moscow to rule out any possible errors being made by local test labs.  These tests have reportedly also come back negative.   

The ministry said that 7,041 people were taken under a mandatory two-week quarantine after arriving in Tajikistan from abroad between February 1 and April 6.

It added that, as of April 6, there were 2,750 people still in quarantine and none of those released had the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, according to Johns Hopkins University, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.2 million people and killed more than 68,000 worldwide as of April 5.

In the United States, there are more than 331,000 recorded cases and more than 9,400 deaths, with 1,344 of those reported on April 4 — the nation's largest single-day death toll, CNN reported on April 5.