New COVID-19 Testing Labs to be Opened in Kazakhstan
10 new coronavirus testing laboratories will soon be launched in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Health Minister Yelzhan Birtanov said at a press briefing. Three labs will be opened in Nur-Sultan, three in Almaty, and the remaining four will be launched in other regions of the country.
“10 labs will allow conducting 12,000 coronavirus tests starting in the beginning of April. By now, we have got 300,000 testing kits. We are planning to purchase additional 300,000 tests,” Birtanov said.
Minister Birtanov noted that to date 19 laboratories doing PCR-based tests for coronavirus are operating in Kazakhstan.
“The labs are able to conduct 6,000 tests daily. 21,000 tests for 300 patients have been conducted since January. We are conducting COVID-19 tests for the citizens, who have arrived from overseas or had a close contact with an infected person. We have completed 1,500 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours,” the minister added.