Turkmenistan extends suspension of international flights
BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 30
By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:
Turkmen Airlines has extended the suspension of flights until January 31, 2021, due to measures to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from entering the country, Trend reports, citing Turkmenportal information portal.
The following flights were canceled:
Ashgabat – Moscow-Ashgabat
Ashgabat – Kazan – Ashgabat
Ashgabat-Frankfurt am Main-Ashgabat
Ashgabat-Dubai – Ashgabat
Ashgabat-Abu Dhabi - Ashgabat
Previously, the Turkmen Airlines extended the suspension of flights until December 31, 2020.
Also, Turkmenistan introduced the mandatory presentation of a COVID-19 absence certificate when registering for a flight. The certificate must be provided by both citizens of Turkmenistan as well as foreign citizens and stateless persons.
Previously, Turkmenistan received a shipment of medicines from the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO/Europe) to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the country.
WHO/Europe experts worked in Turkmenistan at the request of the government, to support Turkmenistan in the aspects of preparedness and response to COVID-19. During the visit, the sides held a meeting where Turkmenistan presented its program to fight infectious diseases. Furthermore, the Turkmen side noted that the country follows the WHO recommendations and is currently implementing a program to ensure preparedness for countering and responding to infectious diseases.
In addition, Turkmenistan is working with UN agencies to develop a third national plan that covers the humanitarian component of the country's measures to combat COVID-19.
To date, Turkmenistan has reported no coronavirus cases.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.
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