The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday announced its first confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Kosmosbek Colponbayev said three people who returned from Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on March 12 tested positive for the disease known as COVID-19.
Colponbayev added they are currently under house quarantine.
Following the announcement, authorities banned entry and exit to the Suzak district of the southwestern Jalal-Abad region, where the patients live.
Worldwide, out of over 197,000 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 7,900, while more than 81,000 patients have recovered, according to Worldometer, a website that compiles new case numbers.
The number of active cases is more than 107,000 -- 93% mild and 7% in critical condition, according to the website.
The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China last December.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.