Kazakhstan will strengthen restrictive measures at state border

Prime Minister Askar Mamin chaired a selector meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Infection in Kazakhstan on Nov. 2, 2020.

Minister of Healthcare Alexey Tsoy reported on the sanitary and epidemiological situation and the readiness for the second wave of COVID-19, Chair of the Agency for Protection and Development of Competition Serik Zhumangarin spoke on monitoring the price policy of personal protective equipment, Minister of Internal Affairs Yerlan Turgumbayev reported on control over compliance with sanitary requirements, akims of Akmola region Yermek Marzhikpayev, North Kazakhstan region — Kumar Aksakalov, Pavlodar region — Abylkair Skakov, Deputy Akim of East Kazakhstan region Shakarim Buktugutov.

As of Nov. 2, 2020, there is an increase in the incidence in most regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From Oct. 5 to 18, 2020, 1,272 cases were detected in the country, from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, 2020, 3,352 cases. During the day, 442 people fell ill. The growth rate is 0.4%, the reproductive rate is 1.4. Infectious beds are loaded by 22%, intensive care — by 18%.

The greatest increase in the incidence over the month is noted in East Kazakhstan, Akmola, Kostanay, West Kazakhstan, Pavlodar regions.

The head of government instructed to increase the efficiency of monitoring groups to monitor compliance by business entities and the population with restrictive measures and quarantine regime.

The prime minister noted that all regions have fulfilled the task set to bring the stabilization funds to the standards of the Ministry of Healthcare.

The head of government instructed to continue the acquisition of polyclinics, hospitals, ambulance services with the necessary equipment.

The ministries of digitalization and healthcare were instructed to accelerate the development and implementation of programs for tracking contact persons, patients, monitoring compliance with sanitary requirements, the Ministry of Industry — to speed up the supply of X-ray devices, ambulances to the regions, and akimats - to speed up their adoption.

The Commission made a number of decisions:

I. Amending the procedure for crossing the State Border for:

  • foreigners who have a residence permit in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, their family members;
  • foreigners who are family members of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

This category of persons can cross the State Border of the Republic of Kazakhstan no more than 1 time in 90 days (previously it was 30 days).

II. On visa-free regime

To extend until May 1, 2021, the suspension of the visa-free regime for citizens of 57 countries.

To extend until Jan. 1, 2021, the suspension of 72-hour visa-free stay on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan for transit passengers from China and India.

III. On flights with Turkey

To reduce the number of international flights with Turkey from 33 to 20 per week from Nov. 9, 2020.

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