Uzbekistan to pay travellers $4500 if they catch coronavirus

The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan has come up with a novel way to attract tourism during these uncertain times – by promising a massive payout to visitors if they catch COVID-19 there.

The Uzbek government said any tourist who contracted the virus within the country will be given $4660 to cover medical expenses in a local hospital.

Uzbekistan is reopening its borders for the first time since they were shut in March.

“We want to reassure tourists they can come to Uzbekistan,” the country’s tourism ambassador to the UK, Sophie Ibbotson, said.

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