Or at least, that’s what the central Asian country’s secretive, authoritarian government claims.
Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic home to nearly 6 million people, is one of at least five countries that have not reported any coronavirus cases, according to a review of data collected by Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization. Three of those are isolated islands in the Pacific and the fourth is North Korea, a tightly-controlled hermit state.
Turkmenistan's repressive President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who has controlled since 2006, has excused reports of Covid-19 in the country as "fake" and told the United Nations in a location Tuesday that the reaction to the pandemic shouldn't be "politicized."
Yet, autonomous associations and columnists and activists outside Turkmenistan say there's proof the nation is fighting a third wave which is overpowering clinics and killing many individuals — and caution the President is making light of the danger of the lethal infection in a bid to keep up with his public picture.
Ruslan Myatiev, an outcast from Turkmenistan and manager of the Netherlands-based autonomous news association Turkmen News, said he has by and by gathered the names of more than 60 people who he asserted have passed on of Covid-19 inside the nation, including instructors, specialists and specialists.
Myatiev said he has checked every one of the recorded passings with wellbeing records and X-beams, uncovering extreme lung harm and clinical treatment predictable with Covid casualties.
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