Kazakhstan introduces restrictions on Russia, Kyrgyzstan border crossing amid coronavirus spread

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 13

By Nargiz Sadikhova – Trend:

Kazakhstan has introduced temporary restrictions on crossing of Kazakh-Russian and Kazakh-Kyrgyz borders amid coronavirus spreading, Trend reports with reference to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kazakhstan’s government made the decision to introduce temporary restrictions on using internal documents for Russia’s and Kyrgyzstan’s citizens when crossing Kazakh-Kyrgyz and Kazakh-Russian borders.

The prohibition is not applied to Kazakh citizens who wish to return from Kazakhstan and Russia.

On March 13, 2020, first two cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Kazakhstan among those who arrived in Almaty city from Germany.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan – which is an international transport hub – began at a fish market in late December 2019. The number of people killed by the disease has surpassed 4,700. Over 128,000 people have been confirmed as infected. Meanwhile, over 68,000 people have reportedly recovered.

Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. The symptoms include cough, headache, fatigue, fever, aching and difficulty breathing. It is primarily spread through airborne contact or contact with contaminated objects. In mild cases, according to the Chinese authorities, treatment takes about a week, in severe cases – two or more.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.

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