President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a television address.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree imposing a state of emergency in the country as part of measures to counter the spread of a new coronavirus infection.
The State Commission to ensure the state of emergency is being established in Kazakhstan. The new body is given extended powers, which are stipulated in the law “On state of emergency”. The protection of public order, especially important state and strategic, special regime and specially protected objects, as well as objects ensuring the vital functions of the population and the functioning of transport will be strengthened in the Republic.
It is recommended that major shopping centres be temporarily closed. Cinemas, exhibition centres and other facilities with a mass presence of people have been suspended. Sports and entertainment events are prohibited, and residents are also not allowed to hold family celebrations and commemorative events. Sanitary and epidemiological protection measures have been strengthened. Entry and exit from the country are restricted. An exception is made only for diplomatic transport and for delegations coming to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the end of December 2019, Chinese authorities reported an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in the town of Wuhan, Hubei province. Experts have preliminary established that the causative agent of the disease was a new type of coronavirus – 2019-nCoV. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Decree on the declaration of the state of emergency in the Republic of Kazakhstan