First day of new week brought the close of Ukrainians country’s external borders and the tightening of the quarantine regime. The day before the pontiff prayed in the Roman basilica of San Marcello al Corso, standing in front of the crucifix, which the inhabitants of Rome prayed in the XVI century during the plague. UA-Times‘ new interactive map of Europe as of March 16 evening.
At 18.00, President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Ukrainian citizens After an appropriate order of the Cabinet of Ministers, from Tuesday, March 17, all cultural institutions, shopping and entertainment centers, restaurants, cafes, fitness centers and other establishments of food, entertainment and services will be closed. Food is allowed only through delivery service. From 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18, trains, air and bus intercity and interregional passenger traffic will be banned, and metro will also be closed. Passengers in public transport are allowed only up to 10 people – in fixed-route taxis, and up to 20 people – in trolleybuses, buses, tram cars. Citizens who receiving a pension of less than 5,000 hryvnas ($193) are promised an additional payment of 1,000 UAH ($38). events involving more than 10 people are prohibited, including rites and ceremonies.
A little earlier, Ministry of Health announced the diagnosis of two women in Chernivtsi region of COVID-19. “The patients are isolated, their condition is stable. Doctors work with contact persons,” report said. In this area, as well as in Zhytomyr – where cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed, Cabinet of Ministers announced an emergency regime from March 17.
On Monday, the Russian government decided to close the borders with Belarus. After this, only two out of 14 land borders of Russia will remain open – with Azerbaijan and Finland. This upset the Belarusian leader a little. “It’s strange that in Russian government nobody knows that Belarus and Russia have no borders!, it is not delimited or demarcated. We have no borders, so there is nothing to close. Probably, they have already established this borders by themselves. This is their business, – Belarusian media according Alexander Lukashenko reported. – Belarus will not close borders, However trucks will stand in a long line to Kremlin and people will be in a fury”.
In Moscow city, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin signed a decree on a temporary ban on holding any public events in the city, as well as leisure activities, numbering more than 50 people. These measures will be valid until at least April 10th. This was a response to official data, according to which the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus cases increased one and a half times during day in the Russian Federation and reached 93 people. The day before, there were all 63 cases.
In Italy, architect Vittorio Gregotti, who built Olympic stadium in Barcelona, died of Covid-19. A 92-year-old died on Sunday in a Milan hospital where hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus. His wife too with similar symptoms in hospital. In general, in Italy more than 24,7 thousand people are infected with coronavirus, 1809 people have died.
The Vatican also will hold an Easter service without the parishioners because of coronavirus.
On Sunday, March 15, Pope Francis came to Rome on his feet, accompanied by guards, where he prayed for the healing of the Italians coronavirus and all the inhabitants of the planet. For the health of mankind, the pontiff prayed in basilica of San Marcello al Corso, standing in front of the crucifix, which people of Rome prayed in the 16th century during plague.
In France, leader of the far-right party “National Front” Marine Le Pen went on a voluntary self-isolation. She made this decision after metting with several people, including leader of the French Republicans, Christian Jacob, who had recently been confirmed infected. number of people infected with coronavirus in France approached 5.5 thousand, 127 people died. Since Sunday all shops are closed, except supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as cafes, restaurants and cinemas. At The european space Agency’s Kourou spaceport, preparations for launches due to the coronavirus were discontinued. Start-up operator Arianespace intends to resume operations as soon as sanitary conditions permit.
Take a look about our last map of coronavirus Spread: All Europe “got sick” – interactive map of distribution of COVID-19 on March 12