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Coronavirus

IMF extends $120.9m to help Kyrgyzstan fight coronavirus

Country faces urgent balance of payment needs as outbreak closes borders

A medical official checks bus passengers in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday its board has approved a $120.9 mln disbursement for Kyrgyzstan to help the Central Asian country fight coronavirus, the first emergency loan approved by the Fund since the outbreak started.

Kyrgyzstan has confirmed 44 cases of the disease, prompting the government to close borders, lock down several cities and districts and impose a curfew in the capital, Bishkek.

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