Japan launches COVID-19 vaccinations as Olympics approach TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan began administering COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, starting with hospital staff in the Tokyo metropolitan area before expanding the rollout nationwide as the clock ticks down to the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Kyodo reports.
PM Mamin inspects development projects in Shymkent and Turkistan SHYMKENT. KAZINFORM - As part of his working trip, Prime Minister Askar Mamin inspected the construction of transport, housing and socio-cultural infrastructure in Shymkent and Turkistan, as well as the development of the industrial and water-energy potential of the region. In Shymkent, the head of government was informed about the progress of construction of a new passenger terminal of the international airport with a capacity of 2,000 passengers per hour, which is scheduled to be commissioned in October 2021, primeminister.kz reports.
Situation in Slovakia critical, Gov’t must take action – President BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - The epidemiological situation in Slovakia is extraordinarily grave and serious, President Zuzana Caputova warned after her meeting with scientists of the government consilium and an initiative called Science Helps this week, TASR reports.
10 medical facilities built in Atyrau region in 2020 ATYRAU. KAZINFORM – Despite ongoing restrictions due to the coronavirus infection, several medical facilities were built in Atyrau region last year, governor of the region Makhambet Dosmukhambetov confirmed Wednesday, Kazinform correspondent reports.
Kazakhstan partakes in international meeting on Syria SOCHI. KAZINFORM – Ambassador at Large of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Talgat Kaliyev partook in the 15th international meeting on Syria in Astana format held on February 16-17, 2021, in Sochi, Russia, Kazinform reports citing the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss further cooperation in agriculture MINSK. KAZINFORM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kazakhstan Pavel Utyupin has met with Kazakhstan Minister of Agriculture Saparhan Omarov, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kazakhstani arrived from Maldives tests positive for COVID-19 NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - 13 international flights from Germany, South Korea, Malta, Maldives, the UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan arrived in Kazakhstan, with a total of 1,975 passengers on board, on February 16, 2021, Kazinform cites the Telegram channel of the Interdepartmental Commission to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Turkestan region conducted 35,000 PCR tests for coronavirus in Jan TURKESTAN. KAZINFORM «35,000 PCR tests for COVID-19 were held in Turkestan region in January,» head of the medical service quality monitoring department of the regional affiliate of the social medical insurance fund Galima Turekhanova said.
84% of schools operate as usual in N Kazakhstan rgn PETROPAVLOVSK. KAZINFORM – Out of 477 schools, 401 with over 31 thousand students are operating as usual in compliance with all the measures of sanitary safety in North Kazakhstan region, the Education Department said, Kazinfrom correspondent reports.
New virus cases most since early January, post-holiday resurgence looming in S Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases increased by the most in more than a month to over 600 on Wednesday, prompting concerns over a virus resurgence after the Lunar New Year holiday amid eased social distancing rules, Yonhap reports.
Almaty commissions 294,400 sq m of housing under Nurly Zher program ALMATY. KAZINFORM «2,948 apartments were distributed in 2020 in order to provide available housing. Besides thousands of young families acquired housing thanks to easy-term loans under the Almaty Zhastary program. 3,902 apartments or 294,400 sq m of housing that is 2.5 more than in 2019 were commissioned in Almaty in 2020,» Almaty Mayor Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.
Third wave of coronavirus infection possible if people not cautious enough — WHO official MOSCOW. KAZINFORM Herd immunity to the novel coronavirus has not yet been developed globally, so a third wave of the epidemic is possible if people are not cautious enough, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic said on Tuesday.
One Kazakh region remains in COVID-19 'red zone’ for 4th consecutive day NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar region has been in the «red zone» on the State’s coronavirus map for the fourth straight day, Kazinform reports citing the Telegram channel of the Interdepartmental Commission on preventing the spread of COVID-19.