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Uzbek doctor, 39, dies after coronavirus self-treatment

TASHKENT A doctor in Uzbekistan died on Saturday after unsuccessfully trying to deal with a coronavirus infection which he kept key, the Central Asian country’s healthcare ministry said.

The 39-year-old gentleman had been touching Uzbek “patient zero”, it said in a statement, who appeared to have infected him.

He was hospitalized on March 26 in grave condition and died two days later, becoming the second coronavirus patient to die in the former Soviet republic.

Uzbekistan has confirmed 104 cases of the virus and has locked down all of its provinces and barred citizens from leaving their homes except for work or essential shopping.