27 Apr 2020 09:46

Kazakh president extends coronavirus state of emergency till May 11

NUR-SULTAN. April 27 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has extended the coronavirus state of emergency imposed in Kazakhstan on March 16 till May 11.

"Considering the ongoing situation in our country and the proposal made by the State Commission and experts, I have decided to sign the order extending the state of emergency till May 11, 2020," Tokayev said in his statement on the Covid-19 situation in Kazakhstan that was published on Monday.

"The decision is dictated by the existent difficult reality. The state of emergency will end on May 11 in accordance with the law unless, of course, we witness another massive outbreak of the epidemic. Hopefully, that won't happen," Tokayev said.

According to Tokayev, flights between Nur-Sultan and Almaty, which went in coronavirus lockdown on March 19, will resume on May 1.

"All passenger flights were suspended in the country. It was a completely justified decision. However, considering the relative stabilization, the government will resume flights between the capital and Almaty on May 1. That is necessary both for citizens and for work of many specialists, including those participating in the fight against the virus," the president said.

The statement was released by the presidential administration on Monday.

"It is important to thoroughly consider every precaution and to develop rules of interaction between aviation and sanitary-epidemiological services," the president said.