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Photoreport: how COVID-19 affected life in Tajikistan

Coronavirus has been raging for the second week throughout Tajikistan.


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Tajikistan has closed its airspace to international passenger carriers since March 20. The decision to close the airspace of the country was made due to the threat of coronavirus.   

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Since early April, medical checkpoints have been established at the entrances of all medical facilities and gradually in all other facilities. At the entrance, people are checked for fever and their hands are treated with antiseptics.

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From April 18, according to the decision of the Council of Ulema of Tajikistan, it has been temporarily prohibited to hold prayers in mosques across the country, because crowds are facilitating the rapid spread of this virus.

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Many restaurants, cafes and bars already began to close in mid-April. Some of them are still open, but there are very few visitors.

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Sewing factory “Tajiktekstilmash” is one of the 20 enterprises that has switched to the production of medical masks and other means of protection against infectious diseases. It produces up to 40 thousand medical masks and protective clothing per month.

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Around the world, only a few countries continue to play football. On April 25, Tajikistan dropped out of the list. The country’s Premier League started in early April, however after April 30, football competitions were suspended.

On April 30, exceptional holidays were announced for schoolchildren until May 10, and from May 5 they were completely extended until August 16. Summer holidays are announced from May 4, 2020 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students of Tajik universities. Their grades will be based on previous results.  University graduates must pass their exams ahead of the schedule by May 15.

On April 30, Dushanbe mayor’s office announced the suspension of the clothing markets of the capital for 10 days. This decision was made to protect the health of citizens and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Volunteers and local government officials are handing out informative leaflets that describe personal hygiene measures and actions to be taken if symptoms of the virus are detected.

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From May 1, warnings have appeared in minibuses and buses in Dushanbe that prohibit entering public transport without a mask. People are following this recommendation.

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Hospitals across the country have begun to close under quarantine. From February 1 to April 30, 10,937 people have been placed in quarantine. These are returning citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan as well as foreign citizens, who have arrived to the country during the pandemic. Every day, food and food supplies are being accepted at the entrance of the hospitals according to the schedule.

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“This article was prepared as part of the Giving Voice, Driving Change – from the Borderland to the Steppes Project”.

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