Turkmenistan is one of the most sheltered countries in the world, thanks to its president for life Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his impressive personality cult. Now it is forbidden to even utter the word “coronavirus”, let alone to use it the media.
The reports came from the sparse yet dedicated Turkmen opposition. According to them Berdymukhamedov, whose affectionate national titles include “The Saviour” and “Our Stronghold” has unofficially ordered to jail anyone who would dare to discuss the global pandemic.
Paradoxically enough, it was recently reported that Turkmenistan is actually taking anti-COVID-19 measures, such as shutting down cargo traffic and increasing sanitary control.
The measures, however, also include smudging houses, schools and offices with wild rue smoke. It’s apparently miraculous healing properties were praised by President Berdymukhamedov during a government meeting. While he didn’t necessarily name any viruses, his administration caught the drift.
There were no officially registered COVID-19 cases in Turkmenistan as of April 1st.