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On this week's Majlis podcast, RFE/RL's Media-Relations Manager Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion on the different methods Central Asian governments are using to count the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
Ever since the coronavirus appeared in Central Asia, the authorities in countries there have used some questionable systems to count the numbers.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani says a state of emergency imposed in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic will remain in place at least until the end of January 2021.
Pakistan has announced that it will fully resume international flights from August 9, more than four months after it suspended the operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.
Kyrgyzstan is readying for parliamentary elections in October that the pandemic and a sweeping reorganization of its political parties ensure will be very different from any of its previous votes.
Pakistan said it will lift most of the country's remaining coronavirus restrictions after seeing a gradual drop in new cases during the past month.
Hospitals in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad have all but stopped testing for coronavirus infections as officials report a steady decline in new cases. Locals say the government is doing everything to create the impression that the pandemic is under control in order to reopen the economy and...
The United States has accused Russia of developing a sophisticated “ecosystem” to spread disinformation and propaganda about the coronavirus and other issues.
Kazakhstan has allowed the transit of thousands of Uzbek and Kyrgyz migrant workers who've been stranded in Russia for months along the border with Kazakhstan due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Dozens of Central Asian migrants trapped in Russia amid the coronavirus pandemic were pushed back by guards when they tried to cross the border into Kazakhstan.
Moscow police have again begun to fine people en masse for not wearing masks or gloves in the city’s metro as coronavirus cases increase in some countries.
Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said the nation’s migrants are committing more crimes amid mass unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A Pakistani schoolteacher is selling fried peas on the streets after the closure of his private school. Many private schoolteachers in the country are not receiving their salaries due to school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus infections, Iranian President Hassan Rohani says the mourning ceremonies of the Shi'ite month of Muharram will be held. The decision was met with criticism from health experts who worry the gatherings could exacerbate an already bad situation.
Iranian officials said on August 2 that the latest one-day rise in confirmed coronavirus infections there was the highest in nearly a month.
Researchers behind one of two Russian candidate vaccines against the coronavirus undergoing the approval process in that country say they plan to launch production in November.
Amnesty International says it has obtained several leaked documents signed by officials at Iran’s Prisons Organization that reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior prison officials for additional resources to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Millions more Afghans are being pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic, which has overwhelmed the war-wracked country's basic health-care system and exacerbated food insecurity, a U.S. watchdog said on July 30.