I remember an expert saying back in June of 2020 that the pandemic would be with us until 2023 or 2024. This was when I was thinking the pandemic would be over by the summer of 2020. I am realizing the expert was correct. We are learning how to live with it, however, and we are always moving forward to deliver the best education we can for our students. We will be rapid antigen testing all employees and students tomorrow as part of our periodic testing regime. The next scheduled test will be January 10, 2022.
The last confirmed case in the TIS community (students and employees) was on November 5. We continue to be vigilant as we slowly loosen our restrictions. We are monitoring the progress of the “omicron” variant and will not know its impact until the new year. The interview with Harvard epidemiologist Bill Hanage gives a good summary of the omicron variant.
The World Health Organization Uzbekistan office issued its final Situation Report on November 25, 2021. Below is the chart showing the official number of cases reported in Uzbekistan from March 2020 to November 2021. Community transmission remains on a downward trend. They recommend using https://coronavirus.uz/ru to keep up to date on the epidemiological situation in Uzbekistan.