Uzbekistan allows some retailers to reopen after shutdown over virus

TASHKENT (Reuters) – Uzbekistan allowed certain categories of retailers and other businesses to reopen on Saturday after being closed for weeks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, state news agency Uza reported.

Among those allowed to resume work are vendors of construction materials, car parts, seeds and seedlings, as well as dry cleaning companies, insurers, notaries and those servicing construction and agricultural machinery.

With a population of 34 million, Uzbekistan has confirmed 1,804 coronavirus cases and reported eight deaths, while 621 people have recovered from the disease. After peaking at triple digits in mid-April, the daily number of new cases has been falling.

On Friday, the government said it would soon start lifting social distancing restrictions in some districts.

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