BISHKEK, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyzstan reported 549 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing its total to 38,659.
Ainura Akmatova, the head of the public health care department of the country's health ministry, told a daily news briefing that 37 of the new patients are medical workers, bringing the total number of contracted medical workers to 2,911, including 1,973 recoveries.
She said 589 patients have recovered over the past day, bringing the total recoveries to 30,099.
The virus-related death tally climbed to 1,447, with nine more recorded in the previous 24 hours.
The vaccination of Kyrgyz people against influenza-like illnesses and severe acute respiratory infections will begin at the end of next month, said Akmatova.
On Wednesday, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov said that all state and municipal authorities are preparing for the autumn-winter period as the number of acute respiratory viral infections cases increases in the fall.
According to experts, the effect on public health will be severe if there is a second wave of COVID-19 infections in autumn alongside a seasonal outbreak of flu, he added.
Meanwhile, since the situation here has improved, the Bishkek Mayor's Office has closed down six temporary medical facilities which were being used as makeshift hospitals.