Covid-19 cases surge in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan as Omicron spreads rapidly
Kyrgyzstan reported its first cases of the variant on Wednesday while Kazakhstan confirmed its first last week.
The Kyrgyz healthcare ministry said on Wednesday it has registered 465 new Covid-19 cases, a five-month high.
Kazakh Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat told a government meeting on the same day that the country has registered over 8,000 cases over the last seven days, almost three times more in the previous seven days.
Last week protests in Kazakhstan, notably against fuel price rises and corruption, saw levels of violence not experienced in the vast former Soviet republic since independence in 1991.
Dozens of people were killed and hundreds more injured with more than 10,000 arrests made.