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Central Asian nations tighten restrictions as coronavirus spreads

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan expand countermeasures

Kazakh law enforcement officers wearing protective masks stand guard at a checkpoint, following the state emergency commission's decision to lock down Almaty to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on the outskirts of Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 19.   © Reuters

ALMATY (Reuters) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have announced fresh restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus as the number of cases in Central Asia snowballed.

In Kazakhstan, where 53 cases have been confirmed, authorities said on Saturday they were closing all parks in Almaty, the country's biggest city, which was this week put on lockdown along with capital city Nur-Sultan.

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