Kazakhstan declares July 13 a National Mourning Day
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a televised address where he declared July 13 a National Mourning Day for people who died from coronavirus in the country.
“Unfortunately, the disease keeps claiming lives of Kazakh citizens. The official reports contain tragedies of hundreds of families. Someone lost father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter. I express my condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. This is the tragedy for everyone. I made a decision to declare July 13 a National Mourning Day for people who died from coronavirus in Kazakhstan. We keep fighting against the virus. There is no doubt that we will win,” he said.
According to reports on July 9, 264 people died from the deadly virus in the country. Nur-Sultan, Karagandy region and Almaty have the biggest number of deaths.
Experts called the decision to declare the Mourning Day a tribute to Kazakh citizens who died from a pandemic.
“Pandemics are disasters that humanity encounters in its centuries-old history. Every time the world, countries and people cure terrible diseases by struggling for life and future, relying on medicine, scientific achievements and believing in victory. As the President said, there is no doubt that we will win,” said Zarema Shaukenova, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies.
“Don’t panic or stop in the fight against the pandemic! Universal mobile groups, the number of which was only 400 in the beginning of July, will increase to 3,500 by the end of the month. Centers plan to conduct 3,000 COVID-19 testing per day. Essential medicines such as paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen) and antibiotics are supplied to pharmacies. Doctors began intensifying information work. Funds allocated for the fight against epidemic are constantly under control. Those who profit from the health of people will be punished,” wrote Dana Nurzhigit, Member of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament.