Turkmenistan brings back students doing a course of studies in China because of the virus

According to the latest reports, the number of those who died from the novel coronavirus amounts to over 360 whereas the number of those infected with the disease has exceeded 17,2 thousand. The official media outlets of Turkmenistan provide no direct coverage of the outbreak of the virus but the government is nevertheless undertaking some prevention measures:

On 20 January, 2020 the session of the Extraordinary Disease Control Commission was held to address the prevention, spread and protection of the state territory from viral diseases.

On 30 January, 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov personally held the meeting devoted to the anti-viral campaign.

Turkmenistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reported the intensified measures which are being undertaken to combat the spread of the virus.

The flights of Turkmenistan Airlines bound to Beijing and Bangkok were cancelled until April at the earliest, the news outlet Turkmen news reported on 2 February, 2020.

On 3 February, 2020 Turkmenistan closed the border with Uzbekistan.

The Turkmenistan nationals returning from China are currently being placed under quarantine.

According to Radio Azatlyk, over 60 students doing a course of study in China have been brought to Mary velayat alone. They have been isolated and confined for 14 days and their whereabouts is being withheld.

A camping site was put up at the infectious diseases hospital on the outskirts of Turkmenabat in Lebap velayat. It accommodates about 250 Turkmenistan's residents who arrived from China. Chronicles of Turkmenistan learned that a female passenger who had returned from China was placed under quarantine in the former tuberculosis dispensary in Turkmenabat.

Azatlyk also reports that the parents of students doing a course of studies in China are panic-stricken. They demand that the Migration office and the khyakimlik's office bring back students to their home country. The parents are informed that the issue has been addressed and that the students will soon return back to Turkmenistan.

At the same time, according to the media outlet, hundreds of Turkmenistan's nationals have been stuck at Beijing airport for a few days waiting to be sent back to their home country. However, instead of rendering assistance, the Central Bank has blocked their credit cards.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan