However, easing the quarantine restrictions does not mean its complete abolition.
This was stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal on opening a meeting of the Government on Wednesday, May 13.
The Head of Government reminded that the quarantine relaxation approved by the Government came into force in Ukraine on May 11: "We see that the businesses, the operation of which was suspended, have started to return to work and gradually resume their activity. But I would like to draw the attention of all our citizens, all our businesses and local authorities to the fact that easing quarantine does not mean that the coronavirus has disappeared or that it has become less dangerous. That is why our decisions must be well-weighed and responsible."
Denys Shmyhal noted that if moderate coronavirus rates were preserved, it would be possible to switch to the second stage of easing restrictions from May 22, but not to abolish quarantine.
Moreover, the Head of Government noted that the resumption of public transport operation would also depend on the dynamics of the infection spread. "The Government, of course, hears and listens to requests to fully launch transport, in particular, the subway. But it's not my whim not to run the subway. All models and calculations show that early launch will entail tens of thousands of infected citizens."
Regarding the payment of 300% allowances to physicians working with patients with COVID-19, the Prime Minister noted that it is unacceptable when the Government allocates money and the local officials fail to distribute it properly: "The delay is equal to negligence. This is the personal responsibility of the Minister of Health, the Ministry of Health in general."
Denys Shmyhal asked the Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov today to provide information on payments regarding each particular region.
"This is an issue under the personal control of the President, of me, as the Prime Minister. Today, the National Health Service of Ukraine has already transferred funds and 16 hospitals have already received over UAH 86 million, which will be used to pay to doctors in April. I emphasize that this issue needs to be supervised until each doctor receives a surcharge. We are definitely not going to tolerate disrespect for doctors. If necessary, we will include personnel issues on the agenda as well," the Head of Government stressed.
No less important is the continuation of ongoing reforms, in particular, local governance and territorial organization of power. It includes the approval of perspective plans of formation of communities of five more regions: Volyn, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Chernihiv and Zakarpattia.
"The reform of the administrative and territorial system continues despite the quarantine measures. This is part of a major decentralization reform in Ukraine. Our ultimate goal is successful communities in which people will have an opportunity to receive high-quality services, in particular, this applies to high-quality medical care," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government thanked the MPs - members of the Committee on Energy and Utilities for their support of the proposed by the Government anti-crisis energy sector plan.
"We have two objectives: the first is tactical steps to stabilize the situation in the short term. The second is strategic decisions that will allow us to form a normal systemic work with taking into account the interests of consumers, energy workers and entrepreneurs," said the Prime Minister adding that this year the price of electricity for the population will remain at UAH 1.68.
In addition, the Head of Government stressed the need to restart the customs service. After all, presently, through its inefficient operation, the State Budget is short of billions of hryvnias. The task of preparing and presenting a plan to improve the efficiency of the customs is assigned to the Minister of Finance Serhii Marchenko.
Denys Shmyhal also touched upon the issue of new workplaces: "Definitely, the coronavirus-entailed crisis has negatively affected the labor market and we have to respond. Since the beginning of the quarantine alone, almost 200,000 people have received the status of unemployed. Therefore, our goal is not only to preserve existing jobs through business support programs but also to create new ones."
According to him, in the sector of construction and road infrastructure, it is proposed to create 154,000 jobs, 150,000 - in urban development sector, 85,000 jobs in agriculture. The detailed plan will be presented by the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko.