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Kazakhstan says spread of coronavirus has slowed

Saudi Press Agency

Wednesday 1441/9/13 - 2020/05/06

ALMATY, May 06, 2020, SPA -- The spread of the novel coronavirus in Kazakhstan has slowed in recent days, the Central Asian nation's government said on Wednesday, indicating it could exit a state of emergency next week. Reuters reported.

The daily growth of new confirmed cases had been stable at around 7% over the last two weeks, according to the healthcare ministry. Over the last three days, however, it has fallen to below 4%, it said.

Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency in mid-March and locked down the country to curb the spread of the disease, which is known to have infected 4,298 people to date, of whom 29 have died. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said last month he would let the state of emergency elapse on May 11 unless there was a spike in fresh coronavirus cases.

13:56 LOCAL TIME 10:56 GMT

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