The Kazakhstan government has decided to temporarily close all the border crossing points with China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, amid coronavirus outbreak,  the Border Service of the National Security Committee announced.

The decision to close the crossing points will take effect from April 4, until further notice, VisaGuide.World reports.

On March 16, Khazakstan’s President Kassym Jomart Tokayevi introduced a state of emergency, restricting the entry and the exit through state border’s for its citizens and internationals, except for emergency cases, until April 15.

The government of Kazakhstan, last week suspended the visa-free regime in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus pandemic, until at least July 1.

Entry ban for internationals has been put in place by the government, on March 16, after the first two cases of coronavirus infection were identified, on March 13.

The State Commission on Provision of Emergency State revealed that from March 19, Kazakhstan’s capital and Almaty had been put under the quarantine regime.

Last week, Kazakhstan decided to extend the visas as well as work permits for internationals stranded in the country until April 20.

The government decision came after a large share of countries closed their borders in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the coronavirus global crisis, the government also seeks to tighten controls and find other preventive measures to keep Kazakhstan’s citizens safe.

Up to this point, 448 persons tested positive for the virus, while three persons have already died. Over a million persons have contracted the virus worldwide,  while the number of deaths reached is over 50 thousand.