One more COVID-19 patient died in Tajikistan yesterday, bringing a total number of the noel coronavirus-linked deaths in the country to 65, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP).

32 new officially confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Tajikistan yesterday, bringing a total number of officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 8,131 as of the evening of August 18, a MoHSPP said. 

6,935 COVID-19 patients have reportedly recovered as of the evening of August 18, 2020.  38 COVID-19 patients were released from hospitals yesterday after recovery. 

Besides, more than 1,000 people in Tajikistan have reportedly been treating COVID-19 at home under supervision of family doctors. 

COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  The virus was confirmed to have spread to Tajikistan when its index cases, in Dushanbe and Khujand, were confirmed on April 30, 2020. 

Meanwhile, President Emomali Rahmon yesterday held a meeting with representatives of the country’s health sector.  Achievements and shortcomings of Tajik medicine were discussed at the meeting.  A special attention was given to the problems of the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, Rahmon noted that this year has become the year of testing knowledge and professionalism of health workers, the difficult period of struggle against the novel coronavirus, the year of courage and perseverance, even self-sacrifice in the name of saving of sick people.”

He noted that Tajikistan was experiencing shortage of health workers.  According to him, there are not enough 4264 doctors and 2,358 nurses in the country.