Regions of Kazakhstan reinforce quarantine measures
Kazakhstan authorities are gradually reinforcing quarantine measures in the regions of the country amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. Thus, the public transport will stop running in the West Kazakhstan region starting today, April 16. Therefore, the companies’ managers in the region will have to take care of their employees and arrange the transportation of workers for them to be able to continue coming to work.
Banks and Kazpost branches in the West Kazakhstan will switch to shorter working hours starting tomorrow, April 17. These organizations will work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and receive only legal entities. In addition, they will continue issuing social welfare payments and pensions. Food markets will be temporarily closed in the West Kazakhstan region, starting from April 18. Regional authorities say that such measures were imposed in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. To date, the region reported a total of 25 COVID-19 cases.
“All banks will continue their work. However, they will not be issuing loans during this week. Everything is done for the good of the people. We had to fine people who violated the quarantine laws. Grocery stores will continue their work,” said First Deputy Governor of the West Kazakhstan region Mukhtar Mankeyev.
Quarantine restrictions will be imposed in Kostanai region starting tomorrow, April 17. Governor of Kostanai region Arkhimed Mukhambetov urged the residents of the region to be respectful of the work doctors’, police officers and the employees of the companies operating in the reinforced regime do.
“We had hard times more than once, but always moved forward. This time we can do it as well. Biz birgemiz! We are united!” Mukhambetov said.
Strict quarantine measures will be further enhanced in Karagandy region, effective of April 18. The checkpoints will be set up between all districts and towns of the region. A complete ban on driving in a personal vehicle from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be introduced in Temirtau and Shakhtinsk. The restriction will not apply only to the courier drivers who deliver food, medicine and basic necessities.