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Uzbekistan extends confinement measures, eases some restrictions

Uzbekistan will keep some of its lockdowns in place until June 1, the government said on Friday, but allow movement within and between certain major cities and provinces.

The former Soviet republic closed its borders in March while continuing to airlift thousands of citizens from Russia. It locked down all of its provinces and closed all non-essential businesses to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It started gradually easing restrictions this month, dividing the country into “green”, “yellow” and “red” zones depending on the rates of newly-detected COVID-19 cases.

As the next step, flights and passenger trains between capital Tashkent and some provincial centres will resume from May 18, the government said, with additional safety measures.

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