Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Tajikistan continue to implement restrictive measures to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) April 27.

This alert affects Tajikistan

This alert began 27 Apr 2020 10:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions

Authorities in Tajikistan have closed schools in the country from April 27 through at least May 10 as part of the effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This measure is in addition to previous indefinite restrictions on entry and exit at all international borders introduced April 10; diplomats and their families are exempt. International passenger flights are currently suspended. All arrivals are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation order. The restrictions do not apply to freight traffic and crews of international air and rail transport companies. Freight drivers and returning residents will likely be subject to enhanced health screening procedures.

Authorities have also ordered the temporary closure of all mosques and canceled some sporting events, and have banned the export of some agricultural products as of April 25. Officials continue to state that they have not confirmed any COVID-19 cases in the country. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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