Kazakhstan reports decrease in COVID-19 infection rate by 29 percent
Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin reported on the stabilization of the situation with coronavirus infection in Kazakhstan.
“The term of the introduced quarantine measures ends on August 2. In total, during this period it was possible to stabilize the epidemiological situation and significantly reduce the pressure on medical organizations. The number of recovered patients exceeded 63 percent. The daily infection rate decreased from 4 percent to 1.7 percent. Hospital occupancy rate decreased to 46 percent. The number of ambulance calls decreased by 38 percent compared to June. There is an adequate supply of medicines in the regions,” Mamin stated.
Kazakh Health Minister Alexey Tsoy said that a total of 35,951 new coronavirus cases have been registered in the country since the introduction of strict quarantine restrictions on July 5. This indicates a decrease in incidence rate by 29 percent.
“The occupancy of hospital beds has decreased by 43 percent, of which intensive care beds by 27 percent. The number of recovered patients increased to 63 percent. Thus, the main burden indicators on the health system have been reduced,” Tsoy said.
He said that after the quarantine period ends, a number of infrastructure facilities will be allowed to start working from August 3. They will need to comply with an enhanced sanitary and disinfection regime, including wearing masks and physical distancing.
“If these conditions are met, shopping and entertainment centers, trading houses and retail chains will be allowed to operate with time and day restrictions. Indoor food and non-food markets will be permitted to reopen, as well as children’s pedagogical correction rooms, educational centers, and children’s development centers. Study clubs will be allowed to operate in groups of no more than five people. Preschool institutions on duty, beauty salons, hairdressing salons, centers and salons that provide cosmetic and cosmetology services, manicure and pedicure services will also be allowed to resume work,” Tsoy said.
In addition, Tsoy said that remote work should be retained for at least 80 percent of government officials and office workers.
“After August 3, a number of prohibitions must remain in force. It is necessary to maintain the ban on all types of public events, the work of entertainment facilities, cinemas, food courts, banquet halls, restaurants, bars, night clubs, game clubs, cultural objects, museums, holding conferences, exhibitions, forums, as well as the work of gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, beaches, water parks and religious sites. The ban on commuter passenger trains traffic, the formation of common passenger train cars and inter-city bus traffic will also remain,” Tsoy said.
Movement of population along the streets, visiting parks, squares and embankments will be allowed in groups of no more than three people. As for outdoor training, it is necessary to comply with the established requirements, Tsoy noted.
“Individual and group workouts in the open air are allowed as long as social distancing is observed, as well as sports training for national teams of no more than 30 people,” Tsoy said.
Another good news for city residents: from August 3, public transport will be resumed with time limits and occupancy rate of no more than 50 percent and in compliance with mask rule and sanitary regime. Having noted these requirements, Tsoy advised Kazakh residents to strictly follow safety and hygiene norms in public places.