COVID-19 ‘red’ zone in Kazakhstan contains eight regions
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin instructed the government to scale up the vaccine coverage. He said that to date, the epidemiological situation remains difficult. Currently, a high-risk COVID-19 ‘red’ zone contains eight regions. The cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent, as well as Atyrau, West Kazakhstan, Akmola, Karagandy and Aktobe regions are leading in terms of the spread of the virus. COVID-19 reproductive rate in Kazakhstan is 1.065. The occupancy rate of hospital beds amounts to 41 percent, while intensive care unit beds are 27-percent occupied. Mamin underlined that special attention must be given to regions with low vaccination coverage. The plan to vaccinate two million people every month must also be strictly followed.
“To date, about 188,000 doses of the vaccine are available in the regions of the country. Vaccine supplies are proceeding as planned and the vaccination rate is increasing. Vaccination coverage has increased to over 70,000 per day. It is planned to provide access to vaccines for about two million citizens by the end of the month. The daily vaccination plan is monitored in the regions. Schedule delays are reported in Nur-Sultan, as well as Mangystau and Karagandy regions,” said Kazakh Health Minister Alexey Tsoy.
Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova
Editing by Galiya Khassenkhanova