On Tuesday, April 21, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine held a regular briefing on the situation with counteracting spread of coronavirus in country. The Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov spoke at the briefing and said that quarantine will be extended. so, probable end is May 12th.
Minister Stepanov began his speech with latest incidence rates by region. So, according to minister, today in Ukraine 6125 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine, of which 161 are fatal. Over the past day, 415 new cases of the disease were recorded.
However, in more than a month of quarantine, 367 patients with coronavirus have already recovered, minister said.
When journalists asked about when and how Ukraine will quit quarantine, the Minister replied that the Ministry of Health is currently preparing a draft resolution on the extension of restrictive measures for at least another month. Such restrictions of the relevant department are caused by current situation with the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine, in particular, the increasing in incidence rates, minister said.
Stepanov also announced tentative date for the completion of restrictive measures, which he determined on May 12, 2020. At this point, Ukraine will continue to operate the bans that were introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 211 “On preventing the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus” in Ukraine. However, they will be mitigated in several directions at once.
So, according to the statement of Health Minister, after April 24, it is planned to allow people to walk in parks, visit museums and libraries. At the same time, as the head of the ministry noted, such visits will be strictly monitored to ensure compliance with the relevant sanitary and epidemic restrictions. In particular, in parks and squares it will be possible to walk in, not more than two people and with appropriate personal protective equipment. The same will apply to museums and libraries, at the entrance to which mandatory thermo-screening will be carried out.
The visits to entertainment and recreation areas may be limited in time. However, how people will spend time in recreation areas will be controlled, Stepanov noted.
Stepanov does not exclude the possibility of introducing new restrictions if the incidence of coronavirus continues to increase in Ukraine.
For a constantly updated map of coronavirus distribution in Ukraine regions, Click: “COVID-19: Interactive Map of Ukraine”.