Kazakhstan declares state of emergency over coronavirus

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Kazakhstan has now declared a state of emergency, barring almost all travel to and from the country.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has published a decree restricting entry and exit to everyone except diplomats, and people specifically invited by the government.

The decree also restricts the work of large retail trade facilities, and instructs regional officials to boost security at key buildings and facilities.

The measures are set to be in place until 15 April.

Kazakhstan currently has eight confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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The Czech ministry of health said earlier today that there were now 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country – an increase of 25 since yesterday.

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