Turkey: Online shopping grows 85% in 2020 ANKARA. KAZINFORM - Online shopping expenditures increased 85% year-on-year in Turkey last year as the coronavirus pandemic has changed shopping habits of people, according to Association of E-Commerce Operators (ETID), Anadolu reports.
UAE announces 3,407 new COVID-19 cases, 3,168 recoveries in last 24 hrs ABU DHABI. KAZINFORM - The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced that it conducted 131,262 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment, WAM reports.
China’s health insurance coverage for COVID-19 patients tops 1.6 bln yuan BEIJING. KAZINFORM - More than 1.6 billion yuan (247.5 million U.S. dollars) worth of medical expenses for COVID-19 patients was covered by China's medical insurance funds last year, according to official data, Xinhua reports.
Head of State expresses condolences to Indonesia over devastating earthquake NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev extended his condolences to President of Indonesia Joko Widodo over the devastating earthquake in the Indonesia’s Sulawesi island which claimed the lives of many people, Kazinform has learnt from the Akorda press service.
ANSA: Most of Italy set to be an orange zone ROME. KAZINFORM - Health Minister Roberto Speranza is set to sign an ordinance making most of Italy an 'orange zone' under Italy's tiered system of restrictions based on each region's risk of COVID-19 contagion, sources said Friday, ANSA reports.
New virus cases in 500s for 4th day in sign of downturn in infections SEOUL. KAZINFORM - The number of new coronavirus cases in South Korea stayed in the 500s for the fourth consecutive day Friday, in a sign that the third wave of the pandemic has slowed down following a peak on the back of monthlong tougher virus curbs, Yonhap reports.
New Director of Library of the First President of Kazakhstan named NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – Bakytzhan Temirbolat has been appointed as the Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbasy by the instruction of the Head of State, Kazinform has learnt from the Akorda press service.
Eurasian strategy 2025 designed to boost EAEU non-resource export by quarter MOSCOW. KAZINFORM – The Eurasian economic integration strategy until 2025 is designed to help Eurasian Economic Union member states to increase non-resource export by a quarter, Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich said at the discussion panel «EAEU 2.0: Transition to a New Quality of Integration» at the Gaydar Forum in Moscow on 14 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
Newly re-elected PM Askar Mamin vows Government will work efficiently NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – Newly re-elected Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin addressed the deputies of the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, at the plenary session on Friday, Kazinform reports.
SLK: Slovakia cannot afford mass testing right now BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - Slovakia currently cannot afford mass testing, as it brings more risks than benefits, said Slovak Medical Chamber (SLK) president Marian Kollar following his meeting with Health Minister Marek Krajci (OLaNO) on Wednesday (January 13), adding he sees the lockdown as a solution to the coronavirus pandemic for now, TASR reports.
Japan eyes punishment for breaking COVID-19 rules amid concerns TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's administration is readying legislation to punish refusal to comply with government-mandated COVID-19 measures, amid concerns it may infringe too much on personal freedoms, Kyodo reports.
Kazakhstani Yevseyev races into Turkey ITF F2 semifinals NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM Kazakhstani tennis player Denis Yevseyev and Vladislav Orlov of Ukraine cruised into the now-running Turkey ITF F2, Men Doubles with a total prize of USD 15,000, the Kazakh Tennis Federation’s press service informs.
2 Kazakhstanis arrived from abroad tested positive for COVID-19 NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM 13 international flights arrived on January 14 in Kazakhstan from the Netherlands, the Maldives, the UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and Uzbekistan, the sanitary and epidemiological control committee reports.
Biden proposes $1.9 tril. virus relief package before taking office WASHINGTON. KAZINFORM U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that he is proposing a $1.9 trillion emergency relief plan to change the course of the coronavirus pandemic and put the economy on track for recovery.
Indonesia resumes search for crashed plane's wreckage, victims JAKARTA. KAZINFORM Rescue teams on Thursday resumed, amid adverse weather conditions, the search for one of the black boxes and the remains of the victims of the passenger aircraft that crashed in Indonesian waters on Saturday without any of the 62 people aboard surviving.
President suggests reducing electoral threshold for political parties to Majilis NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM «It is necessary to reduce the electoral threshold for political parties to the Majilis from 7% to 5%,» Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the joint session of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan to develop entrepreneurship support mechanisms NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM «It is crucial to develop entrepreneurship support mechanisms based on conceptually new regulatory policy,» Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the 1st session of the Parliament of Kazakhstan of the VII convocation.
Kazakhstan to overhaul social welfare policy NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM «We have to restart the country’s social welfare policy. The Government should prioritize supporting of the most socially vulnerable groups,» Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the 1st session of the Parliament of Kazakhstan of the VII convocation.
Global studies find COVID-19 circulating outside of China earlier than previously believed BEIJING. KAZINFORM Researchers from the University of Milan have discovered that a woman in the northern Italian city was infected with COVID-19 in November 2019, according to media reports.
Clinical trials of combined vaccine against flu, COVID-19 may begin in 2022 MOSCOW. KAZINFORM The Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry plans to begin clinical trials of a combined vaccine against the coronavirus and flu in the middle of 2022, Center’s Director Alexander Gintsburg told TASS on Thursday.
France imposes 6 pm curfews, tightens entry for non-EU travelers PARIS. KAZINFORM France will impose nationwide curfews from 6 p.m. to become effective Jan. 16, and will tighten border controls, including in overseas territories, requiring negative COVID-19 test results for non-EU travelers, the prime minister announced.
Aigul Kuspan relieved of her duties as Kazakh Ambassador to some countries NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM The Head of State decreed to relieve Aigul Kuspan of her duties as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Head of Kazakhstan Mission to the EU and NATO concurrently, the Akorda press service reports.
Worker trapped at ArcelorMittal Temirtau mine TEMIRTAU. KAZINFORM At 09:53 p.m. January 13, 2021 increased methane gas emission and coal small fraction fines released during the exploratory well drilling at the Lenin mine of the ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC coal department, the Emergency Situations Ministry’s press service reports.
Kazakhstan deposits instrument of ratification of Protocol on Industrial Designs Protection with WIPO Director General NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - On 12 January 2021, the instrument of ratification by the Republic of Kazakhstan of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention of 9 September 1994 was deposited with Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Daren Tang, Kazinform has learnt from the press service of the Kazakh MFA.
Olzhas Suleimenov and his spouse tested positive for COVID-19 ALMATY. KAZINFORM Olzhas Suleimenov, aged 84, and his spouse were tested positive for COVID-19. They have been treated for mild symptoms of the novel infection at the hospital in Almaty since January 5, the city healthcare department reports.
Elbasy nominates Nigmatulin to lead Nur Otan Party’s parliamentary group NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – First President of Kazakhstan-Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev is taking part in the session of the parliamentary group of the Nur Otan Party, his spokesperson Aidos Ukibai revealed, Kazinform reports.
COVID-19 survivors suffer hair loss, shortness of breath after recovery: survey SEOUL. KAZINFORM - Survivors of COVID-19 reported hair loss and decreased breathing capacity months after their infections, and some had lingering lung troubles, the health authority said Thursday, Yonhap reports.