President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in a televised deal with to the nation, defined the federal government’s extraordinary measures to include the novel Covid-19 coronavirus. He additionally introduced a package deal of state help for companies, healthcare, and the social sphere.
Since January, Kazakhstan has taken strict measures to forestall the doorway of the coronavirus within the nation. From the early days, the authorities launched a stringent quarantine system for individuals arriving from unfavorable epidemiological zones. Kazakhstan registered the primary Covid-19 case on 13 March. As of 18 March, the variety of contaminated was 35 individuals. 1665 persons are at in-patient quarantine; 1076 persons are at residence quarantine.
On 16 March, the nation launched a one-month state of emergency, which incorporates tightening public safety and a ban on mass occasions.
“Many people made plans for the upcoming holidays [Nauryz is a spring equinox, one of the favorite holidays for the Kazakhs], some needed to attend live shows, sports activities competitions, different occasions. Sadly, for the sake of our nation’s well being, we must chorus from all these,” the President defined.
The restriction on the functioning of enormous commerce entities has been launched, however grocery and important items shops will proceed to work. Leisure facilities, cinemas, theaters, galleries, and plenty of different amenities are closed. Schoolchildren are on early holidays, college, and school college students have been transferred to on-line training. The Authorities launched restrictions on an entry in and exit from the territory of Kazakhstan.
Nonetheless, these measures don’t apply to freight transport. The sanitary-epidemiological regime has been tightened at checkpoints on the state border, at stations and airports.
“The Authorities has allotted reserve funds for the acquisition of medicines, take a look at techniques, and laboratory gear. There’s a enough variety of beds in hospitals within the nation,” Tokayev stated.
The President additionally introduced measures to help the economic system as a result of international disaster. He reminded that the nation had amassed worldwide reserves of about $90 bn. “This can be a severe assure to make sure the soundness of our economic system and fulfilling the federal government’s social obligations,” Tokayev stated.
No less than 300 bn tenge ($690 m) can be allotted to help entrepreneurs and create new jobs.
Moreover, the Authorities plans to subsidize loans and introduce tax incentives, and producers can be supplied with further liquidity of as much as 400 bn tenge ($920 m). In accordance with Minister of Nationwide Economic system, Ruslan Dalenov, this may “keep enterprise exercise and create 200 thousand new jobs”.
Additionally it is deliberate to supply deferred funds for as much as 90 days to particular person entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies affected by the disaster. Mr.Dalenov stated that agriculture would get elevated lending and tax incentives. “It’s purported to exempt from VAT on the import of organic property, together with cattle and breeding chickens. Additionally, virtually 7 thousand agricultural producers can be exempted from paying tax on agricultural land,” the Minister added.