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13 mars 2020 | 05h46 UTC

Kazakhstan: All public events suspended due to COVID-19 March 13 /update 6

Kazakhstan Alerte de sécurité

Kazakhstan suspends all public events due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 13; further spread of the virus expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/3/2020, 12h00 until 1/4/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Bishkek). COUNTRY/REGION Kazakhstan

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Event

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced on Thursday, March 12, that all public events, including sports events, conferences, and exhibitions, will be canceled from Friday, March 13, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To prevent further spread of the virus, spring break for schools will start a week earlier on Monday, March 16, and higher education institutions will switch to distance learning. In addition, strict hygiene measures will be implemented in public areas such as shopping centers, markets, restaurants, stations, and airports. The Kazakh government also reassured the public that there is sufficient supply of food and other necessities.

An entry ban on travelers from Italy, France, Germany, and Spain remains in place as of March 12.

To date, there have been no reported cases of the virus in the country. Further international spread of the virus is likely over the coming weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.  
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.  
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

 

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