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 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).
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.
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, Kazinform reports.
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, Kazinform reports.
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, Kazinform 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.