COVID-19 situation discussed at government session

The sanitary and epidemiological situation regarding the coronavirus in Kazakhstan was considered at the government session chaired by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov.

Presenting her report, the Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat noted that the incidence of coronavirus infection continues to increase in the world and the Omicron variant remains dominant, which accounts for 95% of the studied samples.

Since June 20, another rise in the incidence of CVI has been observed in Kazakhstan. Over the past two weeks, the number of cases has increased by 3.2 times — from 10,714 to 34,550 people.

According to the minister, the need for timely revaccination against CVI is confirmed by the fact that 80% of the sick are unvaccinated or those who were vaccinated over 6 months ago. At the same time, more than 5 million people have received revaccination today, which is 68% of the subject contingent.

The Prime Minister stressed that the increase in the incidence is especially noticeable in Nur-Sultan and the Karaganda region.

“Up to 3,000 cases are registered daily in the republic - this is a fairly high figure, therefore, the Interdepartmental Commission to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus has strengthened restrictive measures. They have been previously agreed with the regions and the Atameken Chamber,” said Alikhan Smailov.

The Head of Government added that the Ministry of Health needs to continue to constantly monitor the epidemiological situation, as well as ensure compliance with restrictive measures.

“The main preventive measures – wearing masks, maintaining social distance – should be strictly observed. I also instruct the akimats to intensify work on vaccination and revaccination of the population, as low rates jeopardize the stability of the epidemiological situation,” the Prime Minister concluded.

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