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Tajikistan finally confronts virus as Central Asian economies reel

Turkmenistan is now region's last bastion claiming to be coronavirus-free

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon: His government has so far avoided the lockdowns seen in other Central Asian states.   © Reuters

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- After weeks of maintaining that anything but the coronavirus was behind a spike in deaths from respiratory problems, Tajikistan has finally shifted into COVID-19 crisis mode just as its neighbors tentatively emerge from weeks of lockdown.

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