Photo Diary Shows Kazakhstan Living Through a Pandemic
On March 13, 2020, Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency and shortly after shut down its borders. The local population had to adapt to the new regime that was introduced to minimize the chances of the further virus outbreak on the territory of the state.
On March 28, 2020, the whole city of Almaty went on a complete lockdown. The local authorities reinforced the quarantine measures. No one is allowed to leave his or her house unless there is a necessity to go to a grocery store and/or to a pharmacy. One is required to wear a mask when being outside. People of age over 65 are highly recommended to stay at home. All educational institutions have been transferred online. Cafes and restaurants may provide their services only on home-delivery basis. Ever since, the lives of people have changed drastically ...
A picturesque view to the Alatau mountains from the Esentai river.
Thanks to the strict measures taken during the quarantine, the level of air pollution in the Almaty city has dropped. One can clearly see the beautiful mountains that are usually hiding behind the clouds of smog.
April 5, 2020.
COVID-19: Kazakhstan is an online photo-diary created in Spring ‘20 for the JMC321 Digital Photojournalism class at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG).
All the photo materials were shot and edited by Yenlik O’Neill in Almaty, Kazakhstan.