The first signs of stabilization of the situation with the coronavirus infection spread and incidence appeared in Kazakhstan, Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced.
“The State Commission decided to introduce a two-week quarantine throughout the country. That’s the right decision. At the moment there are the first signs of stabilization of the situation. But it’s certainly too early to relax. The upcoming weeks will be decisive in our fight against the pandemic”, Tokayev stated in his address aired by the republican television channels.
The President of Kazakhstan also noted that the situation with the coronavirus spread in the country remains difficult. “At the very beginning of the pandemic, we immediately took decisive and tough measures to limit the spread of coronavirus in our country, which allowed us to save many lives. But, unfortunately, due to mass non-compliance with quarantine measures, system errors of the former leadership of the Ministry of Health, and the sluggishness of akims, we are dealing with the second coronavirus wave, coupled with a sharp pneumonia incidence”, Tokayev said.
In addition, the President of Kazakhstan declared July 13 a day of national mourning for the deceased from COVID-19. “I seriously perceive the death of each of our citizens. This virus extinguishes the lives of our loved ones. Today I offer my condolences to those who are in mourning today”, Tokayev said.
The republic was under the state of emergency from March 16 to May 11, introduced due to the COVID-19 threat. On July 2, the State Commission of Kazakhstan, chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, decided to introduce a number of restrictive measures in the country starting from July 5 for a period of 14 days in view of the worsening situation with coronavirus.