Due to the growing number of patients with COVID-19, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has extended the quarantine restrictions until July 31, 2020.
The relevant decision was made by the Government at its meeting on Wednesday, June 17, by amending a number of acts of the Cabinet of Ministers, which establishes quarantine restrictions.
Opening the meeting of the Government, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, in particular, noted that in the last seven days, 4,853 people have contracted the coronavirus in Ukraine, which is the highest rate throughout the entire period of the pandemic in Ukraine.
"The weakening of quarantine measures was taken by many as the abolition of quarantine, hence it resulted into such worsening of the situation. The coronavirus has not disappeared and the threats posed by it to our medical system and to the Ukrainian economy, unfortunately, have not diminished. I understand that people are tired of quarantine in any variant, but there is currently no more effective way to counter the spread of the virus. I urge Ukrainians not to relax and to keep it real!” said the Head of Government, urging Ukrainians to adhere to the wearing face mask regime, keeping social distance and resort to disinfection measures, as only these measures, "which will help each of us to protect ourselves from this infection, at least until drugs and effective treatment protocols are invented", Denys Shmyhal emphasized.
Moreover, the Head of Government said that "due to the growing number of patients with coronavirus infection, we continue the effect of adaptive quarantine until July 31 this year." "Meanwhile, at today's meeting, we will consider the proposed by the Ministry of Health updated approach to adaptive quarantine, envisaging a possibility of strengthening quarantine in particular regions. I would like to emphasize that if the situation requires it, then quarantine measures will be intensified," the Prime Minister announced.
Besides, Denys Shmyhal noted that today the Government is adopting a change in the start of operation schedules in certain areas and industries. "This is done to drag out the rush hour when shoals of people simultaneously get to work and load public transport. Some European countries used this method, in Ukraine, we will also extend the hours of the beginning of work from 8 to 10 am and later hours", Denys Shmyhal explained.
According to the PM, the Government at its session clearly determines the prohibitions that apply during the quarantine. For instance, the requirement to wear a mask indoors, or restrictions on the number of passengers in transport. "The Government is well aware that in order to demand that, people should have the conditions be created so that they can comply with quarantine restrictions. Therefore, I appeal to the city heads - let the maximum traffic of public transport on the routes. If necessary - develop new routes. But people should not stand in lines and ride in crowded suffocating minibuses. It is your responsibility, as city heads and carriers when you tolerate such situations," said the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the Head of Government separately addressed the Minister of Infrastructure with a demand to pay attention to what is being done in suburban trains, "so that to avoid the entire Cabinet to involve in this issue." Denys Shmyhal asked to bring order in suburban trains with the exercising of control, and compliance with the requirements for the number of people in the cars, compliance with the mask regime and other measures determined by the Government. In addition, the PM instructed the leadership of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to strengthen control over compliance with quarantine restriction rules.