Inmate package deliveries banned in the colony for former law enforcement officers following the death of two convicts from COVID-19

Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that on 22 July two inmates died in the colony BL-K/4 (the penitentiary facility for former officers of the Interior Ministry and other law enforcement authorities). Both of them had complained of stomach pains and laboured breathing.

Doctors are convinced that they had died due COVID-19 complications and now fear for their own health. According to an employee of the colony, many inmates have similar symptoms. They are given antibiotics but no other treatment has been offered to alleviate their condition.

During the pandemic relatives had been barred from handing over packages but the colony inmates received them anyway because the penitentiary facility accommodates former law enforcement officers who have connections in these agencies.

A few days ago the inmates were informed that they would no longer receive packages. The order also applies to those who are placed in “crony” cells these are the convicts who bribe the colony administration for more comfortable conditions.

Effective 1 June the mask mandate has been eased in Turkmenistan and regular international air service is being resumed gradually.

However, correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that since mid July Ashgabat residents have been encouraged to get another COVID-19 vaccine, the fourth for many. Rumours are circulating that the COVID-19 measures will soon be reinstated in the capital.

According to Radio “Azatlyk”, disinfectants are again being sprayed in the cities of Balkan velayat using tractors and specialized vehicles. Market visitors are obliged to wear masks again.

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