In photos: Kyrgyz society adapts to coronavirus measures
The people of Kyrgyzstan have been compelled to change their way of life to adapt the devastating pandemic.
By Maksat Osmonaliyev
Paramedics take a patient suspected of having COVID-19 to the Bishkek Emergency Medical Treatment Centre on August 20. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Kazy Mukashev, a paramedic who works on the mental health team at the Bishkek Emergency Medical Treatment Centre, puts on protective gloves August 20. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Ajar Jantayeva, a nurse, prepares to administer an intravenous drip to a pneumonia patient on August 14 in Bishkek. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Jyldyz Turdaliyeva, a lab technician at the Republican (National) Blood Centre in Bishkek, on August 14 uses a dosing device to collect serum to check whether brucellosis, a bacterial infection, is present in a patient's blood. Blood from donors at the centre undergoes a full lab work-up. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Kubanych Ashyrbekov, an X-ray technician at Centre for Family Medicine No. 2 in Bishkek, prepares a patient for an examination on August 14. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Mairamkul Shorukova prepares to inject a patient August 14 at Centre for Family Medicine No. 2 in Bishkek. As a nurse, she is among those who have a higher risk of being infected with the coronavirus. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Madina Polotova, an ophthalmologist in Bishkek, checks a patient's vision through a monitor on August 12. Many of her co-workers have caught COVID-19. More than 3,000 healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, orderlies and other workers, have been infected with the coronavirus, according to the Kyrgyz Health Ministry. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Aigul Tokoyeva, a dental therapist in Bishkek, uses a face shield to protect herself at work on August 19. Protective masks, face shields and gloves make up the standard equipment for health workers. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Perizat, a senior police inspector, wears a protective mask as she works to ensure traffic safety on August 13 in Bishkek. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Aigul Adenova, who sells different assortments of meat, on August 13 prepares her stall for customers at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek. Her delicacies include those made of horse meat such as kazy (meat with a strip of fat), karta (the horse's large intestine turned inside out, with the fat inside) and sujuk (dry sausage). [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Yelena Alekseyevna sells honey at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek on August 13. Shoppers buy vitamin-rich honey to build their immunity. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Sezim Ismailova, a specialist at the Altynchach beauty salon in Bishkek, gives a customer a manicure on August 19. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
Aida Sultanaliyeva works in a flower shop in Bishkek on August 19. "People need to give flowers to their loved ones and create celebrations for themselves," she said. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]
BISHKEK -- The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the people of Kyrgyzstan to change their daily rhythms, way of life and long-standing habits as they adapt to wearing protective masks.
Protective masks have become mandatory in public places to help avoid spreading the disease.
As of Wednesday (September 2), Kyrgyzstan has registered 44,036 coronavirus cases, including 1,059 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University case tracker.