Coronavirus — Kazakhstan Extends Quarantine Again

  • The number of infected people has stabilized at the level of 1,500-1,600 people per day. 
  • Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev instructed the State Commission to extend the quarantine measures for two weeks.
  • More than 2.2 million unique applications were received from citizens for the appointment of a one-time payment from the State Social Insurance Fund.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a meeting on problematic issues of the epidemiological situation in the country. Prime Minister Askar Mamin reported to the President that after the introduction of strict quarantine measures from July 5 this year, there has been a decrease in registered cases by 29%.

COVID-19 was confirmed to have reached Kazakhstan on 13 March 2020. As of July 30, there have been 87,664 cases reported and 793 deaths.

The number of infected people has stabilized at the level of 1,500-1,600 people per day. The workload of hospitals fell by 43%, including the intensive care wards by 27%. The number of those who recovered increased to 63%, the number of ambulance calls decreased. Thus, the main indicators of the burden on the health care system have been reduced.

Askar Mamin also informed the President about the ongoing daily monitoring of the situation in the regions on such key indicators as morbidity and mortality, the availability and quality of medical care, the level of testing of the population, the provision of medicines and equipment for intensive care and intensive care units.

Health Minister Alexei Tsoi informed the President about approaches to the phased mitigation of quarantine measures, taking into account the impact of infrastructure facilities on the epidemiological situation and the economy. The head of state stressed the critical importance of further reducing the incidence and mortality rates from coronavirus infection.

In order to further consolidate the positive effect of the restrictive measures introduced in July and taking into account the possible complication of the epidemiological situation in Kazakhstan and neighboring states, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev instructed the State Commission to extend the quarantine measures for two weeks, followed by phased mitigation.

2 million Kazakhstanis Received One-Time Payment

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is a Kazakh politician and diplomat. He took office as the president of Kazakhstan on 20 March 2019, succeeding Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned on 19 March 2019 after 29 years in office

On July 29, more than 2.2 million unique applications were received from citizens for the appointment of a one-time payment from the State Social Insurance Fund in case of loss of income due to the introduction of restrictive measures in July. The amount of payment is equal to the minimum wage.

The payment was assigned to 2 million people. The money was transferred to 1,981,000 Kazakhstanis, news reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Since July 16, a proactive service has been provided for the appointment of a one-time payment through sending SMS messages for persons who are UCP payers. Citizens who have agreed to proactively assign payments do not need to submit applications through other channels, since the response to SMS is an automatic submission.

From July 17, applications from individual entrepreneurs are accepted; individuals in private practice; individuals who receive income under civil contracts. It should be emphasized that only the employer submits applications for employees sent on unpaid leave. Applications from employers (legal entities and individuals) have been accepted since July 19.

“In case of a deterioration of the socio-economic situation, a joint plan of the National Bank, the Government and the Agency for Financial Market Regulation has been developed,” said Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ruslan Dalenov.

According to him, it provides for all types of support for the sectors of the economy, including the extension of tax holidays on deductions from the payroll fund. “Today, 29 main sectors that were at risk were provided with tax breaks, taxes, and payments from the wage bill for the period until October 1,” the minister concluded.

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