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Kazakh leader says restrictions to return as virus surges

Nur-Sultan The president of Kazakhstan criticised top officials on Monday for their coronavirus response and ordered the return of lockdown measures as the Central Asian country struggles to control a surge in infections.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed a state commission to decide within two days which fresh anti-virus measures to impose after hospital staff warned they were running out of beds.
Oil-rich Kazakhstan has seen infections surge in recent weeks after an unpopular two-month lockdown was lifted in mid-May. Total cases in Kazakhstan stood at just over 11,000 at the beginning of June, with around half of patients recovered. (AFP)

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