Virus infections, deaths mount in Central Asia, Eurasia
Kazakhstan sees over 1,200 more cases, with more than 1,000 in Ukraine, hundreds more in Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan
More cases of the novel coronavirus and fatalities were reported in Central Asian and Eurasian countries on Saturday.
Kazakhstan reported 1,289 more infections, bringing its total to 90,367, while recoveries rose by 1,308 to reach 60,825.
A total of 793 virus patients died in the Central Asian country so far, with nearly 30,000 still under treatment.
The Health Ministry in Ukraine said 1,172 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the total count to 71,056.
He said 16 more fatalities pushed the death toll up to 1,709, while recoveries increased by 556 to reach 39,308.
Health Ministry official Aynura Akmatova, said coronavirus cases and deaths had risen to 36,299 and 1,397, respectively.
Over 26,426 people have recovered from the virus so far, Akmatova added.
Uzbekistan's Health Ministry reported 531 more virus cases, bringing the total to 24,304, as four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 143.
With 260 additions, the number of recoveries reached 14,464, while near 9,700 patients remain hospitalized.
Armenia's COVID-19 case count rose by 291 to reach 38,841.
Eleven more patients died over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 749, while 29,557 people have now recovered in the country.
Armenia has administered at least 165,656 coronavirus tests so far.
Three more people tested positive in Georgia over the past 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry reported on Saturday.
The new cases brought the country's total to 1,212, including 17 fatalities and 947 recoveries.
Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed nearly 680,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since last December.
More than 17.6 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the US, Brazil, India and Russia currently the worst-hit countries, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.
The data shows more than half of all patients -- over 10.3 million -- around the globe have recovered so far.
*Writing By Havva Kara Aydin