Coronavirus case tally in the country is higher than official figures, Kazakh Health Minister says
How many Kazakh citizens are actually infected with COVID-19? The answer to this question cannot be given until the entire Kazakh population has been tested for the novel coronavirus. The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country is greater than the official statistics shows, Kazakh Health Minister Alexey Tsoy stated at a press briefing. He said that many people do not undergo diagnostic testing for coronavirus and treat themselves at home.
“Just like all over the world, only the confirmed coronavirus cases detected through testing are being registered and added to official statistics in the country. I’m pretty sure that the number of people infected with the virus is greater. They remain asymptomatic throughout the course of their infection and tend to recover within 14 days. Today, the mass testing for COVID-19 is not the primary task of the healthcare system. Currently, the main focus is on the symptomatic patients, who need quality treatment,” said Tsoy.
During the press briefing, he also replied to the journalists’ questions regarding the quarantine extension in Kazakhstan. Tsoy said that only closer to July 19 it will be possible to decide whether to extend the current quarantine restrictions or tighten them. He emphasized that the real effect of the measures taken will only be visible by the second week of the current quarantine. However, experts are already analyzing intermediate results.
“That is, it will be clear whether the current quarantine will be extended or the measures will be tightened only after we conduct an assessment by the end of this two-week quarantine. We are currently working on these issues and do monitoring together with our scientists and our foreign colleagues,” Tsoy concluded.