One more COVID-19 patient died in Tajikistan yesterday bringing a total number of the officially confirmed coronavirus-linked deaths in the country to 81, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP).

40 new officially confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Tajikistan yesterday, bringing a total number of the officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 10,653 as of the evening of October 22, a MoHSPP says.  

56 COVID-19 patients were reportedly discharged after recovery yesterday.  In all, 9,724 coronavirus patients have reportedly recovered in the country as of the evening of October 22. 

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.     

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 215 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.

According to COVID-19 data provided by Worldometer, coronavirus cases around the globe have been reported at 41,994,442 since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December.  Of them, 31,187,231 have recovered and 1,142,744 have died.

Doctors say this fall and winter will likely see the virus' worst surge yet in the United States, according to CNN.  

As infections soar in Europe, new restrictions to curb the virus' spread there include the continent's strictest lockdown in Ireland and an overnight curfew for Rome.