15:09 / 13.03.2020
Kazakhstan confirms first coronavirus cases

According to the Healthcare Minister of Kazakhstan Yelzhan Birtanov, two citizens have tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Germany.

Photo: RIA news agency

The statement made on Friday confirms the first case of the disease in the republic.

Birtanov noted that the patients are staying in a specialized hospital in Almaty, where they arrived separately on March 9 and March 12.

The Healthcare Ministry is working to quarantine people who arrived on the same flight on March 9 as the first patient, all passengers and crew from the second flight have already been quarantined.

Kazakhstan has already pre-emptively moved to shut down schools, colleges and universities from next week and cancel all public events.

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