In the capital of Turkmenistan, state employees were obliged to take a coronavirus test. Such an order was received on August 6 by state institutions and enterprises of Ashgabat, reports Radio Azatlyk (Turkmen edition of Radio Liberty). No cases of coronavirus have been officially registered in the country.
“Yesterday morning, budget organizations received a new order to urgently pass tests for coronavirus in polyclinics. For this, the family doctor must give a referral to the laboratory, – a correspondent from Ashgabat reports. “The certificates must be brought to the organization, otherwise they will not be allowed to work.”
According to him, state employees must pay for the analyzes at their own expense, regardless of whether they have a health insurance policy. Such a test will cost 100 manats, or $ 28.5. At the same time, doctors should not indicate the test results in the certificate, they must notify the management of the organization from which the state employee came from.
“Azatlyk” failed to find out the reasons for the mass testing of employees of state institutions. The state employees themselves told reporters that the new order coincided with the payment of wages, which, in their opinion, was issued in order to withhold money from them.
The authorities have denied the presence of coronavirus in the country, while editorial sources regularly report overcrowded hospitals and an increased number of deaths.
Representatives of the WHO mission on July 15 recommended the authorities of Turkmenistan to take measures “as if the coronavirus has already been identified.” Quarantine measures began to be introduced in the country: markets, large shops and mosques were closed. In Ashgabat, for example, large shops and markets were banned, public institutions and mosques were also closed in the Lebap region, and in the city of Mary, residents were advised to cancel weddings and commemorations. In all regions, representatives of the authorities went around houses with an appeal not to go outside and wear masks.