Ukraine is following the scenario of quarantine exit anticipated by a group of scientists and doctors.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal told on the air of "Snidanok z 1 + 1" (Breakfast with 1+1) TV program on Tuesday, May 12.
According to him, in order to avoid possible outbreaks, the quarantine plan was divided into five stages.
"Yesterday we started the first stage, when some of the restrictions were lifted. The next stage will be introduced when the number of patients will decrease over a certain period of time," said Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Prime Minister, we are not yet talking about the need to reintroduce full lockdown within the country: "We are talking about adaptive quarantine. If infection occurs on the local level in one of another city - we impose quarantine restrictions locally in areas of outbreaks. This is how the whole world will live until a vaccine is found."
Moreover, Denys Shmyhal noted that it’s difficult to plan any deadlines. "Today we are talking about the fact that the quarantine in the country is officially valid until May 22. But this is not an end date, it will be extended," said the Prime Minister.
Apart from that, the PM reminded that the resumption of public transport - metro and intercity - will take place in the third stage of quarantine restrictions relaxation. However, when this happens will depend on the dynamics of the disease.
"We have been demonstrating quite an even trend for the last 7-8 days. The daily number of patients remains the same. But we still have not had a single day when the number of those who recovered exceeded or was equal to the number of those who fell ill. This stage is very important. It is a turning point," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government accentuated that in the process of easing the all-Ukrainian quarantine, a large share of the responsibility falls on the local leaders, who will further decide on the introduction of adaptive measures and on strengthening the quarantine.