Kazakhstan observes a minute's silence as tribute to COVID-19 victims
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and other officials paid tribute to the victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic observing a minute's silence in front of the Akorda Presidential Palace.
"Today we are paying tribute to our compatriots whose lives was taken by the insidious disease. I express my condolences to the families and friends of those who passed away. I am sure that unity and solidarity will help us overcome this hardship sooner," President Tokayev tweeted.
In a bid to honor the victims of COVID-19, Kazakh police officers, health workers, emergency services officers, as well as soldiers of the National Guard of Kazakhstan gathered in front of the main flagpole of the country.
They began a tribute ceremony with the mourning march and then lined up on the steps leading to the national flag lowered to half-mast.