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WHO leaves Turkmenistan in COVID gray zone as neighbors face surge

Central Asian nation says it has no cases but is advised to act like it does

Women in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on July 13: The country continues to insist it is coronavirus-free.   © Reuters

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Confusion reigns in Central Asia after the World Health Organization concluded a mission to Turkmenistan by recommending the government activate "measures as if COVID-19 were circulating" despite no cases being detected officially to date, while surging infections send neighboring countries back into lockdowns.

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