Known Tajik singer Qurbonali Abdulloyev died in Dushanbe infectious diseases hospital yesterday aged 57 after being on a ventilator during the last two weeks.

A source at the Ministry of Culture (MoC) says Qurbonali Abdulloyev over the last two months had struggled with severe bilateral pneumonia and he had been on a ventilator during two weeks until his death.  

Meanwhile, Sputnik news agency, citing anonymous source, says Qurbonali Abdulloyev died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   

Qurbonali Abdulloyev left the big stage in May this year.  

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) says no new officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Tajikistan yesterday and as of the evening of January 12, 2021, the official number of people infected with the coronavirus remains unchanged in Tajikistan – 13,308.

Thus, no new officially confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Tajikistan on December 31, January 1, 3 4, 6, 7 and 11.  

The number of coronavirus-linked deaths remains the same in the country as of the evening of January 11 – 90, 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 virus is reportedly affecting 218 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.