The national lockdown will extend another two weeks, concluding at the end of July.
Kazakhstan said it will offer financial aid to citizens who lost their income because of the lockdown, Reuters reports.
The country entered a national lockdown — the country’s second since the pandemic began — on July 5 to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to Reuters.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in a tweet: “There are first signs now that the situation is beginning to improve. The next two weeks are important for the full stabilisation of the situation.”
В связи с эпидемиологической ситуацией в стране режим карантина будет продлён ещё на две недели. Завтра правительственная комиссия примет решение. Карантин нужен для защиты здоровья граждан при условии соблюдения ими строгих мер самозащиты.— Qasym-Jomart Toqayev (@TokayevKZ) July 13, 2020
Kazakhstan made world headlines after the Chinese Embassysaid there were cases of an “unknown pneumonia” deemed deadlier in than the coronavirus within the country, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The disease was said to have killed more than 1,700 people in the country.
But Kazakhstan denied reports of the virus’ deadliness, saying the cases were “viral pneumonias of unspecified etiology” in the country, according to CNN.
“The upward trajectory of COVID-19 in the country would suggest that many of these cases are in fact undiagnosed cases of COVID-19,” said Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies program, according to BBC News.