‘We are not hiding anything’, Turkmenistan leaves the world confused as they report zero COVID-19 cases
The country has also restarted its domestic football season, with fans coming to the stadiums in large volumes despite the global pandemic.
Replying to the accusations of keeping the COVID-19 cases hidden, Turkmenistan insists that its official data is true. The country claims to have zero cases of the novel coronavirus reported across the country.
Turkmenistan is one of the very few nations in the world which has no reported cases of the disease that has affected over two million people globally. However, it has been accused of hiding cases of COVID-19.
In a briefing, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov said if there was a single case of the virus, they would have reported it to the World Health Organization (WHO).
‘’We aren’t hiding anything’’, the minister added, speaking alongside officials of the United Nations.
Health Minister Murmuhammad Amannepesov said the country currently has 30,000 test kits and is ordering 40,000 more from Germany, Turkey, and Russia.
Life has gone back to normal in Turkmenistan. It reopened most of its border crossing points and is also reopening the remaining ones on the border with Iran.
The country has also restarted its domestic football season, with fans coming to the stadiums in large volumes despite the precautionary measures for the global pandemic.
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), officials avoid discussing COVID-19 to deter the spread of information about the pandemic. In a report, RSF said the government is putting its citizens in danger by doing so.
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