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General reconfiguration in Kazakhstan

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The government of this huge Central Asian country has decreed a general reconfiguration from this Friday, July 3. For the past week, 1,500 people have been contaminated every day.

“A wind of panic” breath on the country writes the Moscow daily Kommersant. “Kazakhstan closes on July 3”, headline Russian newspaper Nezavissimaïa Gazeta, which alerts on “A catastrophic epidemic situation”. Kazakhstan is the first country in the Commonwealth of Independent States (which includes 10 of the 15 former Soviet republics) to reconfigure itself, from July 3, for at least two weeks.

In fact, the country is facing an upsurge in contamination, ie 1,500 new cases per day on average, seven times more than last spring. Thus, since the end of the first eight-week confinement on May 11, Kazakhstan had, as of July 2, more than 42,000 cases and 188 deaths. Compared to the first half of 2019, the number of deaths caused by pneumonia increased by 55.4%, specifies Kommersant.

Kazakhstanis are massively buying paracetamol and antivirals. The country lacks hospital beds (20,000 available, but already 60-90% occupied), medical equipment, medicines and competent healthcare personnel, details the Nezavissimaïa Gazeta. To relieve health services, the only solution is reconfiguration, without which the country will need 300,000 beds, mission impossible

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Alda Engoian

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