On December 21, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with some members of the Security Council of Turkmenistan, the main topic of which was the prevention of the omicron strain of coronavirus from entering the country, the TDH state news agency reports .
Before the start of the discussion, the head of state stressed that “no cases of coronavirus infection in Turkmenistan have been identified,” but urged “not to relax” because of the emergence of new varieties of it, in particular, the omicron strain.
Berdymukhamedov said that the new strain is spreading across countries through "the movement of people and goods across borders," and ordered the head of the migration service Nazar Atagaraev , head of the customs service Maksat Khudaykulyev and secretary of the Security Council Chary Amanov to report on the preventive measures taken .
TDH does not provide details of their reports.
Following the meeting, the President instructed Amanov to strictly monitor the provision of food to the markets and conduct regular analysis of food supplies in the country .
The head of the customs service, Khudaykuliyev, must strictly monitor the sanitary processing of imported food and ensure its rapid delivery to the country's markets.
The head of the migration service was instructed to "ensure the unhindered movement of trucks with food to the city of Ashgabat through the checkpoints operating along the inter-Velayat highways." Other cities and towns of the country are not mentioned. Whether the borders will again be partially or completely closed for the movement of goods is also not specified.
Since October, Turkmenistan has begun to gradually open its borders with Iran and Uzbekistan for the movement of goods. A few days ago, the state news outlet "Turkmenistan: Golden Age" reported on the import of fruits from Iran ahead of the New Year holidays.
On the same day, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Education, Health and Sports Sapardurdy Toylyev , Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Aksoltan Atayeva and heads of Turkmen embassies who returned to Ashgabat.
The participants spoke about the measures being taken in other countries to combat the coronavirus and its consequences for the economy.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan