Tajikistan is among those minority states where coronavirus has not yet entered. According to Dushanbe, so far no cases of COVID-19 infection have been revealed in the country. However, the authorities have been taking some measures to prevent the import of the virus from abroad. Since March 20, all air flights from the countries plagued by coronavirus, including those of Tajikistan’s closest allies, are banned. The government has imposed strict restrictions on the borders. All of the visitors and citizens who enter Tajikistan are placed in places of isolation for 14 days without any exceptions.
Tajikistan authorities have not yet enforced the quarantine regime or any sort of nation-wide isolation. People continue to go to work, students are freely visiting schools and universities and crowded markets continue to function. Nevertheless, the government is taking some steps to get ready for when the virus is discovered.
The country has received some assistance from the international community to resist an onslaught. Germany has donated 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to pay for the purchase of personal protective equipment, medical equipment and training to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Asian Development Bank gave $100,000 for the same purpose. WHO and USAID gave protective equipment in kind for protection of hospital staff. According to RFE/RL’s Tajik service, Radio Ozodi, Russia had provided 2,000 kits for performing tests for coronavirus.