Gold-exporting Uzbekistan has the emerging Europe region's best shot at achieving positive GDP growth this year. Other economies managed to expand in Q1 but will be pushed into full-year contractions.
Steady growth in new cases in several countries despite easing of lockdowns, numbers pushed up by outbreaks at industrial plants.
Government troops are rumoured to have been dispatched to quell the trouble.
Slowdown in new cases in Eastern Europe, while lockdowns already being lifted in Central and Southeast Europe.
Governments that failed to rise to the crisis — through denial, dismissing the dangers or simply incompetence, resulting in unnecessary deaths and economic hardship — should fear their day of reckoning.
President Rahmon has kept a low profile, leaving his son to take the lead.