39 new officially confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Tajikistan yesterday bringing the total number of the officially confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country to 10,613 as of the evening of October 21, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP).

The number of the coronavirus-linked deaths has not changed – 80 cases. 

51 COVID-19 patients were reportedly discharged after recovery yesterday.  In all, 9,668 coronavirus patients have reportedly recovered in the country as of the evening of October 21, a MoHSPP says.  

The COVID-19 pandemic in Tajikistan is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (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, CNN report on October 21 that a leading health expert says US COVID-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in a week.

In about a week, the United States may see a "rapid acceleration" in COVID-19 cases, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, predicted on Monday. 

"It's going to be a difficult fall and winter. I think we're about two or three weeks behind Europe — so we're about a week away from starting to enter a period where we're going to see a rapid acceleration in cases," Gottlieb told CNBC.

As cases also rise across Europe, some cities in the United Kingdom, France, and Spain are resisting centralized efforts to impose tighter regulations.