Uzbekistan expands locks, increasing doctors’ fees to fight coronavirus

Uzbekistan expands locks, increasing doctors' fees to fight coronavirus

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan shut down many cities and districts on Friday, announcing a huge bonus payment for medical workers, in an effort to slow the spread of a coronavirus, as it reports the country’s first death and the number of deaths. the case went up to 83.

A 72-year-old man in Namangan city died Friday morning, suffering from a host of other diseases in addition to coronavirus, the health care minister said.

Municipal authorities in Navoi province, which is home to large gold- and uranium-mining companies and chemical plants, say they have shut down Navoi and Zarafshan cities, as well as several districts. .

Authorities at the main tourism center of Bukhara also said the city would close its borders.

The central Asian nation has locked some of its biggest cities, including the capital, Tashkent.

Eleven infections were among medical workers, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said late Thursday, announcing a huge bonus payment for those working in direct contact with the infected.

Doctors will earn $ 2,500 every two weeks, or many times their normal monthly salary, while nurses and lab workers will receive $ 1,500, junior medical workers $ 1,000 and another $ 500, Mirziyoyev.

Medical workers infected while treating coronavirus patients earn $ 10,000 each. (Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)