119 officially confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Tajikistan over the past weekend (October 17-18) bringing the total number of the officially confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country to 10,493 as of the morning of October 19, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP).

The number of the coronavirus-linked deaths has not changed – 80 cases. 

Nearly 200 COVID-19 patients were reportedly discharged after recovery over the past two days.   In all, 9,511 coronavirus patients have reportedly recovered in the country as of the morning of October 19, a MoHSPP says.   . 

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.     

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 215 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.

According to COVID-19 data provided by Worldmeter, coronavirus cases around the globe have been reported at 40,280,249 since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December.  Of them, 30,115,926 have recovered and 1,118,321 have died.

Meanwhile, a global study by the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded remdesivir, the experimental antiviral drug, has little to no effect on the recovery of hospitalized coronavirus patients.  WHO called the results "disappointing."