All COVID-19 figures should be transparent to public, President Tokayev says
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated that the government has to figure out the statistics on the coronavirus pandemic. He stressed that in addition to COVID-19, pneumonia also causes detrimental damage to public health and life.
"There should be full transparency when communicating the data related to the current pandemic to the public, no matter how sad the statistics is. The more transparency and mutual trust we have, the sooner we will win the fight against this scourge," Tokayev tweeted.
At the request of Kazakhstan, a group of experts of the World Health Organization will arrive in the country in the near future. They will visit local laboratories to investigate the pneumonia outbreak in Kazakhstan. They will analyze how the rise in pneumonia cases in the country is related to COVID-19.
"We are currenlty negotiating with international organizations, in particular with the WHO. According to the WHO recommendations, to date, only cases with a positive PCR result are included in the official statistics. We are processing the data. We have sent a request. After we receive a response from the WHO and through negotiations we will decide which data must be taken into account," said Kazakh Deputy Health Minister Lyudmila Byurabekova.