The 39-year-old Uzbek doctor dies after self-treatment with the coronavirus





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TASHKENT (Reuters) – A doctor in Uzbekistan died on Saturday after unsuccessfully trying to treat a coronavirus infection he had kept secret, the Ministry of Health told the Central Asian nation.

The 39-year-old man has made contact with the Uzbek “patient zero”, said a statement that apparently infected him.

He was hospitalized in a bad condition on March 26 and died two days later. He was the second coronavirus patient to die in the former Soviet Republic.

Uzbekistan has confirmed 104 cases of the virus and has blocked all of its provinces and has prevented citizens from leaving their homes except for work or important purchases.

(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; writing by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by Jason Neely)

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