The main events of the week from March 23 to 28, 2020
On Monday, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev chaired an expanded meeting of the State Commission on the State of Emergency on the spread of COVID-19 in Kazakhstan. The head of state voiced several instructions for organizing prompt response to the emergency in the country.
On Wednesday, March 25, the president got acquainted with the research of scientists of the National Center for Biotechnology. Center staff presented a test system that was developed by artificial DNA synthesis (without the “live” strain) and allows to quickly detect the new type of coronavirus.
On March 26, the prime minister held a conference call of the State Commission on Ensuring the State of Emergency under the President of Kazakhstan. The meeting approved a decision to strengthen the quarantine regime in Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent. The Head of Government instructed the Ministry of Healthcare, together with the Ministry of Justice, to adopt an appropriate act to introduce restrictive measures.
At the meeting of the State Commission on March 27, a decision was approved to suspend activities in Nur-Sultan and Almaty from March 30 to April 5, 2020, of enterprises and organizations regardless of ownership, with the exception of central government bodies, akimats, law enforcement agencies, healthcare organizations, the media, grocery stores, pharmacies and life support organizations.
As part of his working trip to Kostanay on March 28, Askar Mamin took part in the opening ceremony of joint Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan car assembly line for new Chevrolet models at the Kostanay Automobile Plant. The prime minister noted the growing relevance of the integration of production processes in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in order to reduce import dependence on goods and services from third countries.