Starting from March 20, passenger bus, car, rail and air services to foreign destinations will be suspended for 40 days, the Ministry of Transport said.
Sherzod Asadov was appointed deputy foreign minister of Uzbekistan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Prior to that, he worked as the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Austria and the Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international organizations in Vienna.
Another 10 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in the morning of March 20, the Ministry of Health said, thus, bringing the total number of infected to 33 people.
The Uzbekistan Ministry of Justice commented on the statements by Gulnara Karimova on her possible returning to Uzbekistan of part of funds seized in foreign countries in exchange of her release.
Five more people were diagnosed with the coronavirus COVID-19, among whom three relatives of a woman who arrived from Paris, as well as in two passengers of flights from Istanbul and London. The number of confirmed cases reached 23, the Ministry of Health said.
According to the Health Ministry, the number of Uzbeks infected with coronavirus has reached 13. The wife of the man who arrived from London, who had previously been diagnosed with coronavirus, was also tested positive.
President of Uzbekistan on March 16 signed paving way for privatization of the state-owned Uzbekistan Publishing House, Gafur Gulom Publishing House and Teacher Publishing House.
On March 18, the Tashkent city criminal court ended the trial against Gulnara Karimova and members of the criminal group organized by her, the press service of the Supreme Court said in a statement.
Travel companies, public organizations and large industrial enterprises are recommended to suspend promoting domestic tourism until the situation with the spread of coronavirus in Uzbekistan is stabilized. This decision was made on March 17 by a special commission of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Tourism Committee said.
On March 17, the U.S. Embassy handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Agency for Sanitary and Epidemiological Wellbeing (ASEW) as part of the United States’ second PPE donation to Uzbekistan to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.