43 new officially confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Tajikistan yesterday, bringing a total number of officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 7,538 as of the night of August, 3, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) said.

The number of coronavirus-linked deaths has been reported in the country at 61, according to a MoHSPP.

6,317 COVID-19 patients have reportedly recovered as of the night of August 3, 2020.

Besides, more than 1,100 people in Tajikistan have reportedly been treating COVID-19 at home under supervision of family doctors.    

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. 

Meanwhile, speaking at the media briefing on COVID-19, Word Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted on August 3 that “on top of the health impact, we have seen the damage COVID-19 has caused socially, economically and politically.”

According to him, the world has made progress in identifying treatments that can help people with the most serious forms of COVID-19 recover.

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19 recommended that countries engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, participate in relevant clinical trials, and prepare for safe and effective therapeutics and vaccine introduction, WHO director-general said.

“A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” said he.  “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.”