BISHKEK, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyzstan reported 162 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the total infections to 83,430 nationwide.
According to data of the Republican Headquarters for Combating COVID-19, 124 more recoveries were registered over the past day, taking the count to 79,373.
The pandemic has so far claimed 1,392 lives in Kyrgyzstan, up by two in the past 24 hours, said the headquarters.
Currently, 726 coronavirus patients are receiving treatment in hospitals throughout the country, with 40 of them in critical condition, while another 1,010 patients are treated at home.
Over the past day, 2,692 tests for the virus have been carried out in the country.
Kyrgyzstan's health authorities are taking additional measures to prevent the import of a new strain of COVID-19.
Deputy Minister of Health Nurbolot Usenbaev said at a briefing on Tuesday that the ministry has developed a new algorithm in connection with the threat of a new strain of coronavirus.
"The work of sanitary and quarantine posts has been strengthened. All passengers arriving in Kyrgyzstan from abroad have been questioned. Also, all citizens arriving in the country must have negative PCR tests for COVID-19," he said.