On July 8, the US Mission in Kazakhstan issued a Health Alert noting that the Kazakhstani Government has announced the reinstatement of quarantine restrictions throughout the country effective July 5. Also that the Kazakhstani Ministry of Health has confirmed 51,059 cases of COVID-19 in the country as of July 8, 2020.
New Quarantine Measures: The Kazakhstani Government has announced that quarantine restrictions will be reinstated throughout the country starting July 5. These restrictions will be in effect for at least 14 days, and may be extended or strengthened. Other municipalities may introduce restrictions beyond the below and with little or no notice; for the latest information, see your respective city’s website. Links are provided on our COVID-19 page.
· Transportation: Regional bus service will be suspended, and municipal transportation will be limited. Rail travel will be limited. Domestic and international air travel will remain at current levels.
· Businesses Shuttered: Most business will be closed, including beauty salons, gyms and fitness centers, pools, closed markets, beaches, cultural facilities, museums, exhibits, entertainment centers, religious facilities, movie theaters, food courts, and recreational facilities.
· Essential Businesses Exempt: Some essential business will continue to operate, including grocery stores, open-air markets, and pharmacies. Health centers will offer services by appointment. Limited enterprises, such as companies in construction, agriculture, auto service, and commercial banks will remain open. Restaurants will be open for delivery or take-out; summer patios will remain open.
· Personal Movement Limited: All large events and family gatherings are prohibited. Individual outdoor fitness activities are permitted, and people may walk in parks and other public spaces in groups of three or less. Individuals older than 65 years old are limited from leaving their residence.
For U.S citizens who need to travel by vehicle from areas with restricted movement in order to reach an airport with international flights, the only assistance we can provide is to request passage through the checkpoints from the Government of Kazakhstan (GoK). Based on the GoK’s requirements, you must provide us the below information at least four business days before your scheduled flight. Address this information to the following addresses: AlmatyUSCitizen@state.gov or Nur-SultanUSCitizen@state.gov. This information will be shared with the Kazakhstani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On March 14, 2020, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
❗️COVID-19 and Travel Update
U.S. Mission Kazakhstan (July 8, 2020)https://t.co/ywmtxX2r3e
— U.S. Embassy to Kazakhstan (@USembassyKAZ) July 8, 2020
How not to do Covid: Kazakhstan first country in the world to fully return to lockdown https://t.co/Tr7gC7OepA
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 5, 2020
#Kazakhstan reports of non-#Covid19 pneumonias: @WHO notes "there have been >10,000 confirmed cases over the past 7 days. (Code for: maybe Covid)
"We are currently in contact with the authorities in Kazakhstan to understand situation developments & provide support as needed."
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) July 9, 2020
‘Unknown pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan, Chinese embassy warns https://t.co/nKeD5MZSZc
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) July 9, 2020
VIDEO At a coronavirus call centre in 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan's capital volunteers are under siege.
Bishkek is a new virus epicentre that has re-emerged with a vengeance since Kyrgyzstan and neighbours Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan began relaxing stay-at-home orders https://t.co/ebleXrqzhx pic.twitter.com/P2bS6eX3v1
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 8, 2020