To prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Tajikistan has reportedly strengthened control of the stretch of its common border with Kyrgyzstan between the Bobojon-Ghafourov district (Tajikistan’s Sughd province) and the Leilek district (Kyrgyzstan’s Batken oblast). 

Asked about the situation with the second wave of COVID-19 in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and measures taken by the authorities to prevent the further spread of the disease, the head of the Bobojon-Ghafourov district, Zarif Naziri, told reporters on July 15 that the Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border has been closed since mid-April and border control has been strengthened.

“Mostly, our two jamaotas – Histevarz and Ovchi Qalacha – border Kyrgyzstan.  To prevent unauthorized cross-border movements of citizens and vehicles, trenches were dug and 24-hour posts were set up at 17 border crossing points (BCPs).  We have blocked all possible routes of passage in two directions – from the side of Konibodom and from our side,” Naziri said.  

Recall, Khujand authorities have been seriously concerned over the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. 

Speaking at a meeting of the city commission on COVID-19 response, Deputy Khujand Mayor, Ms. Firouza Nourullozoda, said on July 12 that the number of COVID-19 cases has increased in the city in recent days because people have failed to practice the physical distancing and observe other sanitary norms.

Khujand Mayor, Marouf Muhammadzoda, also expressed concern about the increase in the number of COVID-19 in the city.   

“The disease has progressed in recent days, and in most cases, it has ended in death,” the mayor said. 

According to official data from the press center of the Khujand mayor’s office, the daily number of persons going to a hospital with COVID-19 symptoms has increased over the first days of July in the city from 1-2 to 8-9.   

The mayor emphasized that the principal means to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 was to observe sanitary norms approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population.