President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev tests possitive for coronavirus

The first president of Kazakhstan, 79-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev, contracted the coronavirus and self-isolated, press office says.

“There is no cause for concern,” the report says.

Nazarbayev continues to work remotely.

The country’s first president resigned in March 2019. He retained the positions of Chairman of the Security Council and leader of the ruling Nur Otan party.

Also on that day, it was announced that the head of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan Yerulan Zhamaubaev self-isolated, as he had been in contact with people who had contracted COVID-19. The minister himself has had negative results so far.

Some ministers did not attend the reporting plenary session of the Senate on Thursday. At the meeting, the government presented a report on the implementation of the 2019 budget. Five ministers and two vice-premiers participated in the meeting by video link, the rest were presented by their deputies. In addition, there were only a few senators in the hall and they kept a social distance when seating.

Last Sunday, Health Minister Yelzhan Birtanov reported that he contracted a coronavirus infection and was hospitalized. Prime Minister Askar Mamina, who had contact with him, went into self-isolation. President’s spokeswoman Kasym-Jomart Tokayeva Berik Uali was infected on June 6, and on June 18 he told how badly he was ill.

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