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The COVID-19 pandemic in the post-Soviet states covers the former territory of the Soviet Union, primarily the Commonwealth of Independent States, that is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Soviet Union was a federation of 15 Soviet socialist republics that existed from its creation in 1922 until its dissolution in 1991.

The virus was confirmed to have spread to Russia on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese citizens in Tyumen, Siberia and Chita, Russian Far East tested positive for the virus, with both cases being contained. Early prevention measures included restricting the border with China and extensive testing.

In Georgia, its first case was confirmed in Tbilisi on 26 February 2020.[1]

Pandemic by former republic Edit

Armenia Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia

Armenia confirmed the first case of coronavirus during the late night of 29 February/early morning of 1 March, announcing a 29-year-old Armenian citizen had returned from Iran and was confirmed positive for the virus. His wife was tested and results came in negative. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan declared that he is "now in good condition." About 30 people who came in contact with him are being tested and will be quarantined. Armenia had earlier closed its border with Iran. As of 15 March there are 23 confirmed cases with over 300 being in quarantine. [2] On March 23, it confirmed 23 cases.[3]

Azerbaijan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Azerbaijan

On 28 February, Azerbaijan confirmed the first case from a Russian national, who was travelling from Iran.[4] On 12 March, a woman died from multiorgan failure who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 a day earlier. This marked the first death of coronavirus in Azerbaijan.[5] On 22 March, the first domestic human to human transmission was confirmed.[6] On 31 March, Azerbaijan declared nationwide quarantine. People are required to stay in private houses and apartments, permanent or temporary places of residence until 20 April.[7]

Belarus Edit

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Estonia Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Estonia

On 27 February Estonia confirmed its first case, an Iranian citizen, travelling from Iran via Turkey.[8]

As of 11 March there were 17 confirmed cases in Estonia. 12 of them had returned with the infection from Northern Italy, one from France, one from Iran and one from undisclosed risk area.[9][10] First two cases of virus transmitting locally were in Saaremaa after international volleyball competition involving a team from Milan.[11]

From 12 March the virus was spreading locally. The number of infected grew fast reaching 109 on 14 March.[12]

Georgia Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia (country)

All flights from China and Wuhan to Tbilisi International Airport were cancelled until 27 January.Template:Update inline The Health Ministry announced that all arriving passengers from China would be screened. Georgia also temporarily shut down all flights to Iran.[13]

On 26 February, Georgia confirmed its first COVID-19 case. A 50-year-old man, who returned to Georgia from Iran, was admitted to Infectious Diseases Hospital in Tbilisi. He came back to the Georgian border via Azerbaijan by taxi.[14][15][16][17]Template:Citation overkill

On 28 February, Georgia confirmed that a 31-year-old Georgia woman who had travelled to Italy tested positive and was admitted to Infectious Diseases Hospital in Tbilisi.[17]

29 more are being kept in isolation in a Tbilisi hospital, with Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze stating there was a “high probability” that some of them have the virus.[18]

On 5 March, five people have tested positive for the new coronavirus COVID-19 in Georgia increasing the total number of people infected in the country to nine. Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze made the announcement at the recent news briefing following today. He said, all of the five people belong to the same cluster who travelled together to Italy and returned to Georgia on Sunday.[19]

On 7 March, three people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Georgia increasing the total number of people infected individuals in the country to twelve. Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze said at a news briefing the following day that there is still no reason to panic. One of the infected individuals is Gamkrelidze's son Nikoloz. Gamkrelidze wrote on his Facebook page that he contracted the illness from a coworker, who has been tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Georgia has suspended direct flights with Italy in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. Coronavirus in Georgia has mostly been detected in passengers who have travelled in Italy recently.[20]

Kazakhstan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Kazakhstan

On 13 March, the first two cases in the country were confirmed.Template:Citation needed

As of 10 June, there are 13,319 confirmed cases with 62 deaths.[21]

Kyrgyzstan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Kyrgyzstan

On 18 March, the first three cases in the country were confirmed.[22] Kyrgyzstan had confirmed its first three coronavirus cases, Healthcare Minister Kosmosbek Cholponbayev said on Wednesday.Template:Citation needed

Three Kyrgyz nationals tested positive after arriving from Saudi Arabia.Template:Citation needed

Latvia Edit

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Lithuania Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Lithuania

The first case was reported in the country on 28 February. By 17 March, there were 21 cases, mostly in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. The first infected Lithuanian recovered on 14 March.[23]

Moldova Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova

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Russia Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Russia

Russia implemented preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country by imposing quarantines, carrying raids on potential virus carriers and using facial recognition to impose quarantine measures.[24]

On 31 January, two cases were confirmed, one in Tyumen Oblast, another in Zabaykalsky Krai. Both were Chinese nationals, who have since recovered.[25][24] By 17 April, first case was confirmed in the Altai Republic, thus all 27 federal subjects of Asian Russia had confirmed cases.Template:Citation needed

On 2 March, Western Russia confirmed its first case in Moscow Oblast. Previously on 31 January Russia confirmed first two cases in its Asian part, one in Tyumen Oblast and another in Zabaykalsky Krai. Both were Chinese nationals, who have since recovered.[26][24]

On 7 March, four new cases were confirmed, three was in Lipetsk and one in Saint Petersburg. All people visited Italy in the previous two weeks.

On 8 March, three news cases were confirmed, in Moscow, Belgorod and Kaliningrad Oblasts. All people returned from Italy.

On 10 March, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin signed a decree for banning mass events in Moscow with more than 5000 participants from 10 March to 10 April.[27]

By 15 April, cases were confirmed in all of Western Russia's federal subjects with the confirmation of the first case in Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Tajikistan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Tajikistan

On 30 April 2020, the first 15 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Tajikistan.[28]

Turkmenistan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Turkmenistan

As of 27 May 2020, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkmenistan.[29] The government has censored use of the word "coronavirus".[30]

Ukraine Edit

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Uzbekistan Edit

Main article: COVID-19 pandemic in Uzbekistan

On 15 March, the first case in the country was confirmed.[31]

See also Edit

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