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Kyrgyz Health Minister, Vice Premier Sacked Over COVID-19 Response

Firefighters carrying face masks spray disinfectant on streets round a market as a measure in opposition to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 27, 2020. Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP.


Two senior members of Kyrgyzstan’s authorities chargeable for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak have been dismissed on Wednesday after President Sooronbay Jeenbekov criticised their efforts to struggle the unfold of the virus.

The dismissal of well being minister Kosmosbek Cholponbayev and deputy prime minister Altynai Omurbekova was introduced on the president’s official web site.

Jeenbekov on Tuesday had criticised the 2 who helped lead the nation’s activity power in opposition to COVID-19, calling their work “unsatisfactory” and saying it had allowed the illness to unfold.

Jeenbekov mentioned the duty power had been sluggish to establish the “circle of persons” who had come into contact with individuals who examined constructive for coronavirus.

Kyrgyzstan has 111 registered coronavirus infections and no deaths, in accordance with official figures.

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The primary infections within the Muslim-majority nation have been individuals who had travelled to Saudi Arabia for Islamic pilgrimages.

Impoverished Kyrgyzstan, an ex-Soviet republic of six million bordering China, was the primary nation to obtain emergency funding from the Worldwide Financial Fund after the COVID-19 outbreak.

The IMF mentioned final week that the $121-million help package deal was issued “to meet (Kyrgyzstan’s) urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the outbreak.”

Kyrgyzstan’s financial system is reliant on the output of a single main gold mine, whereas tons of of 1000’s of Kyrgyz migrants working in Russia have despatched house remittances value billions of dollars lately.


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