Health workers say on the basis of anonymity about new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.  The Health Ministry, however, continues flatly to deny, saying that this information does not correspond to the facts.  

Over the past two weeks, users of social networks have been talking about the return of the coronavirus infection to Tajikistan. 

Meanwhile, several labs carrying out PRC-based tests say they detect several cases of the coronavirus infection daily in recent days.  

For example, representative of the Dushanbe-based private lab “Diamed” told Asia-Plus on June 8 on condition of anonymity that they detected about 100 cases of COVID-19 daily over the past two weeks.

A large number of residents of Dushanbe are test for COVID-19 at the “Diamed” lab.  

A representative of another lab also confirmed that they have detected several cases of COVID-19 daily over the past two week.  

According to him, all labs carrying out PRC-based tests every day send reports to the Ministry of Health and immediately notify as soon as COVID-19 is detected.

The Health Ministry did not include this positive result in its data on the COVID-19 situation, however.

Meanwhile, the state-run lab at the Center for Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) says that no one positive test for COVID-19 has been detected in the country since the beginning of the year.  They have denied “rumors of about detection of new cases of COVID-19 in the country as absolutely baseless.” 

Some sources say the major part of with suspected COVID-19 diagnoses is admitted to City Health Center No 1 (the hospital in Dushanbe’s Pervy Sovetsky neighborhood unit).

Doctors working with this hospital have confirmed this information.  

“Patients with a mild form of the disease are prescribed treatment and sent home.  People with more severe symptoms are admitted to the therapy department of the hospital.  If their condition worsens, they are transferred to intensive care,” a doctor working with City Health Center No 1 told Asia-Plus on the basis anonymity.

He noted that he does not know the exact number of COVID-19 patients, but up to three COVID-19 patients are admitted to the hospital’s intensive care daily in recent days.  

Health workers say some patients with suspected COVID-19 diagnoses have been admitted to City Clinical Hospital No 5.

Health workers say there are also patients with suspected COVID-19 diagnoses in Khujand, the capital of the northern province of Sughd.The Khujand city hospital of infectious diseases, however, denied this information as unfounded.  Meanwhile, the Sughd regional health directorate has not answered calls for three days.  

Tajik health authorities say Tajikistan hasn't recorded any new infections since December 31, 2020.  As of today, the authorities have reported a total of around 13,300 coronavirus infections leading to 90 fatalities.