New quarantine restrictions and then a lockdown?

 If the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic does not improve, Ukraine may move to the “yellow” zone of quarantine restrictions starting from September 13, Health Minister Viktor Liashko has announced. Additional restrictions related primarily to mass events are envisaged. Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Ihor Kuzin warns that “The situation is really deteriorating in most regions,” and a lockdown could be expected in November.

Starting in August, people arriving from Russia and India will have to undergo “mandatory self-isolation or observation for 14 days

without the possibility of early termination,” Health Minister Viktor Lyashko told the Cabinet yesterday. “The new Delta coronavirus strain is actively spreading in Europe. A large outbreak is recorded in the Russian Federation.” Under new rules, all unvaccinated foreigners arriving in Ukraine next month will be required to take a PCR test within 72 hours after arrival.

Up to 40% of Ukrainians are now immune to Covid-19,

said Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, on Friday. He referred to a national survey indicating that one third of Ukrainians have had Covid. As of Friday, 4 million vaccinations have been administered. A total of 2.6 million Ukrainians have received the first vaccination. In addition to this, 1.4 million have been fully vaccinated. Danilov concluded: “If we take into account vaccinated people, we believe between 38% and 40% in our country are now immune.”

Ukraine is considering strengthening border controls over travelers from the Britain, India, Portugal and Russia

to prevent the spread of Delta variant, the Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said yesterday. Only two weeks ago, as new infections started to dip below 1,000 a day, Ukraine relaxed travel requirements. With the Delta variant spreading in the UK, Britain recently delayed by one month a loosening of curbs, The Wall Street Journal writes in a piece headlined: “Covid-19 Delta Variant Threatens to Set Back Europe’s Recovery.”

With new air shipments of vaccines arriving in Kyiv daily, vaccination centers have opened in Kyiv and 13 other cities.

Kyiv residents can register online for free vaccinations on weekends at the International Exhibition Center 15A Brovarskyi Avenue using the Diia app and Helsi.me, an online service for booking doctor appointments. So far, 1.2 million Ukrainians have received their first vaccine dose, and 152,142 have received both doses. On Monday, President Biden promised President Zelenskiy to deliver 900,000 vaccine doses to Ukraine.

With no end in sight to the pandemic, which has left tens of thousands dead and threatens even more, Zelenskiy said “Ukraine was among those who did not ask, but, on the contrary, gave a helping hand”

: our doctors traveled to different countries of the European Union to save the sick together with local exhausted doctors. He also mentioned the planes that Ukraine provided for the delivery of protective equipment “to itself and to others.”

“Ukraine received too little of the promised vaccines, and I reminded everyone that equality is about concrete support when it is most needed.

 The pandemic began more than a year ago. And for seven years Ukraine has remained a real, not a metaphorical outpost of Europe. War takes our people, eats up our economy, and ravages our Ukrainian territories. But this is a threat to the whole of Europe,” Zelenskiy criticized.

Ukraine has passed the peak of its third coronavirus wave,

said Maksym Stepanov, Health Minister, in a press conference yesterday. Last week, there were 3,500 fewer hospitalizations than the previous week. In the nation, hospitals in the capital, Kyiv, had the highest occupancy level of hospital beds equipped with oxygen – 75%. Three other regional centers were also hardest hit: Odesa – 73%, Kyiv – 70%, and Sumy- 69.5%. The Deputy Health Minister,Viktor Liashko, announced that  367,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are to arrive in Kyiv tomorrow. In the first two months

Kyiv’s lockdown has been extended for another two weeks – to Friday, April 30.

“We don’t have a choice,” Mayor Klitschko said at a briefing yesterday. “Otherwise, the medical system won’t handle the load, and there will be even more deaths.” Schools and shopping centers will remain closed. Restaurants will operate on a take-out basis only. The Metro will only take passengers with special permits. With traffic jams clogging streets at rush hours, employers are asked to encourage employees to work remotely from home.

Special mass transit permits have been distributed as follows:

healthcare and pharmaceutical  – 152,000; production and sale of food, defense industry, mechanical engineering – 104,000; government executives – 81,000; military, police, judiciary – 72,000; housing and communal services – 46,000; press – 4,700; and religious – 2,700. Mayor Klitschko told reporters: “We cannot issue such special tickets to everyone. Why else did we impose strict restrictions?”

“There is a probability that we actually have fewer people now being infected with this coronavirus

“There is a probability that we actually have fewer people now being infected with this coronavirus, and it is possible that the first wave is coming to an end,” Serhiy Komistarenko, a member of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, told RBK Ukraine last week.  “And it would be good if the second wave did not start at all — or began much later.”  To date, 5.6 million PCR tests have been administered, 1.1 million Ukrainians have fallen ill, and almost

Confirmed cases may have dropped because people with mild cases do not want to go through the bother and expense of being tested.

Confirmed cases may have dropped because people with mild cases do not want to go through the bother and expense of being tested. In addition, over the last three months, 6% of Ukraine’s population fell ill with traditional influenza and acute respiratory viral infection. Some of these could have been Covid cases. For example, in October, 1,998 people died of influenza and pneumonia in Ukraine, nearly four times the 579 who died one year earlier, reports OpenDataBot, citing State Statistics

In face of falling infection numbers, business groups are pressuring the government to soften

In face of falling infection numbers, business groups are pressuring the government to soften the lockdown that starts this Friday, the day after Orthodox Christmas, and runs through Sunday January 24.  Last week, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine appealed to lift restriction on supermarkets which will be forced to curtain off non-food items. “From January 8, even in supermarkets it will be forbidden to sell a significant part of everyday goods: household chemicals and tools, clothing, presses, light

“There is a probability that we actually have fewer people now being infected with this coronavirus

“There is a probability that we actually have fewer people now being infected with this coronavirus, and it is possible that the first wave is coming to an end,” Serhiy Komistarenko, a member of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, told RBK Ukraine last week.  “And it would be good if the second wave did not start at all — or began much later.”  To date, 5.6 million PCR tests have been administered, 1.1 million Ukrainians have fallen ill, and almost

Starting at 12:01 am on Friday, mandatory closures cover:

Starting at 12:01 am on Friday, mandatory closures cover: all restaurants, bars, schools, gyms, swimming and non-food stores. Allowed will be: food stores, pharmacies, medical clinics, sales of hygiene products, telephones and animal food; car repairs; gas stations, banks, ATMS, post offices, beauty salons and barbers by appointment and hotels and hostels.

In face of falling infection numbers, business groups are pressuring the government to soften

In face of falling infection numbers, business groups are pressuring the government to soften the lockdown that starts this Friday, the day after Orthodox Christmas, and runs through Sunday January 24.  Last week, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine appealed to lift restriction on supermarkets which will be forced to curtain off non-food items. “From January 8, even in supermarkets it will be forbidden to sell a significant part of everyday goods: household chemicals and tools, clothing, presses, light

Starting at 12:01 am on Friday, mandatory closures cover:

Starting at 12:01 am on Friday, mandatory closures cover: all restaurants, bars, schools, gyms, swimming and non-food stores. Allowed will be: food stores, pharmacies, medical clinics, sales of hygiene products, telephones and animal food; car repairs; gas stations, banks, ATMS, post offices, beauty salons and barbers by appointment and hotels and hostels.

The government is heeding Health Minister Stepanov’s call to stick with the Friday shutdown

The government is heeding Health Minister Stepanov’s call to stick with the Friday shutdown. “Many people ask whether we plan to postpone or cancel the quarantine, as the number of cases has been falling,” he told reporters last week. “With regard to the strict quarantine from January 8 to January 24, we are not going to introduce any changes.” Yesterday, during a video meeting with President Zelenskiy, Stepanov predicted that cases will increase after the holidays.

Ukraine will only start to return to normal this spring

Ukraine will only start to return to normal this spring, Viktor Lyashko, chief sanitary doctor, predicts in an interview with Ukraina 24 TV. “We will start out a step-by-step return to our usual rhythm of life in April,” predicts Lyashko who is also Deputy Health Minister. “[Until then] We will not completely get rid of anti-epidemic restrictions and such harsh quarantines.”

The government is heeding Health Minister Stepanov’s call to stick with the Friday shutdown

The government is heeding Health Minister Stepanov’s call to stick with the Friday shutdown. “Many people ask whether we plan to postpone or cancel the quarantine, as the number of cases has been falling,” he told reporters last week. “With regard to the strict quarantine from January 8 to January 24, we are not going to introduce any changes.” Yesterday, during a video meeting with President Zelenskiy, Stepanov predicted that cases will increase after the holidays.

In coming weeks, Ukraine hopes to receive almost 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough to vaccinate 10 million people, about one third of the adult population this year

In coming weeks, Ukraine hopes to receive almost 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough to vaccinate 10 million people, about one third of the adult population this year. The Health Ministry’s goal is to inoculate at least 50% of Ukraine’s 36.5 million people by the end of 2022. All vaccines require two shots. Here are the numbers:

Ukraine will only start to return to normal this spring

Ukraine will only start to return to normal this spring, Viktor Lyashko, chief sanitary doctor, predicts in an interview with Ukraina 24 TV. “We will start out a step-by-step return to our usual rhythm of life in April,” predicts Lyashko who is also Deputy Health Minister. “[Until then] We will not completely get rid of anti-epidemic restrictions and such harsh quarantines.”

In coming weeks, Ukraine hopes to receive almost 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough to vaccinate 10 million people, about one third of the adult population this year

In coming weeks, Ukraine hopes to receive almost 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough to vaccinate 10 million people, about one third of the adult population this year. The Health Ministry’s goal is to inoculate at least 50% of Ukraine’s 36.5 million people by the end of 2022. All vaccines require two shots. Here are the numbers:

Russia’s Sputnik V

Russia’s Sputnik V: Despite an announcement in Moscow that this vaccine will undergo ‘clinical trials’ in Ukraine, officials here say it will not be allowed. Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of Medical Procurement of Ukraine, a state enterprise, wrote on Facebook Sunday: “To rely on a state Russian company during a Russian armed aggression against Ukraine on the question of providing epidemic safety for the country is being ignorant to say the least.”

The Covid economy accelerated Ukrainians’ flight from cash in 2020

The Covid economy accelerated Ukrainians’ flight from cash in 2020, indicate figures from PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest bank. Last year, Ukrainians’ transactions with PrivatBank terminals increased by 31% yoy, to the hryvnia equivalent of $11.5 billion. Spending in pharmacies was up 40%, to almost $1 billion. Spending food stores was up 48%, to almost $6 billion. Spending on clothes and shoes was down 1.6%, to almost $900 million.

Russia’s Sputnik V

Russia’s Sputnik V: Despite an announcement in Moscow that this vaccine will undergo ‘clinical trials’ in Ukraine, officials here say it will not be allowed. Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of Medical Procurement of Ukraine, a state enterprise, wrote on Facebook Sunday: “To rely on a state Russian company during a Russian armed aggression against Ukraine on the question of providing epidemic safety for the country is being ignorant to say the least.”

Surfing the net during lockdowns, Ukrainians boosted visits to Ukrainian Wikipedia last year by 21% yoy

Surfing the net during lockdowns, Ukrainians boosted visits to Ukrainian Wikipedia last year by 21% yoy. In 2020, 855.1 million pages were visited, raising Ukrainian Wikipedia to the rank of 17th most popular worldwide, according to the Ukrainian Wikipedia editor’s blog.

The Covid economy accelerated Ukrainians’ flight from cash in 2020

The Covid economy accelerated Ukrainians’ flight from cash in 2020, indicate figures from PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest bank. Last year, Ukrainians’ transactions with PrivatBank terminals increased by 31% yoy, to the hryvnia equivalent of $11.5 billion. Spending in pharmacies was up 40%, to almost $1 billion. Spending food stores was up 48%, to almost $6 billion. Spending on clothes and shoes was down 1.6%, to almost $900 million.

Official numbers indicate

Official numbers indicate that Ukraine’s coronavirus epidemic has receded according to official numbers. Hospitalizations are down 20% from the early December level of 28,500, Prime Minister Shmyhal said yesterday. Daily new confirmed cases are running between 4,100 and 8,000 – between one quarter and one half of the peak of 16,300 at the end of November. Yesterday morning’s reported level of 4,158 new cases was the lowest in three months, since Oct. 5.

The New Year’s holiday temperatures were some of the warmest on record, with the weather comparable to that of a normal mid-October

The New Year’s holiday temperatures were some of the warmest on record, with the weather comparable to that of a normal mid-October, reported Central Geophysical Observatory. On Thursday and Friday, record highs were set at 8.4C, or 47F, on each day. This follows Kyiv’s warmest autumn since record keeping started in 1881. Because of the warm weather, the Dnipro River season has been extended through January, an unprecedented time expected to be free of major ice.

Surfing the net during lockdowns, Ukrainians boosted visits to Ukrainian Wikipedia last year by 21% yoy

Surfing the net during lockdowns, Ukrainians boosted visits to Ukrainian Wikipedia last year by 21% yoy. In 2020, 855.1 million pages were visited, raising Ukrainian Wikipedia to the rank of 17th most popular worldwide, according to the Ukrainian Wikipedia editor’s blog.

Official numbers indicate

Official numbers indicate that Ukraine’s coronavirus epidemic has receded according to official numbers. Hospitalizations are down 20% from the early December level of 28,500, Prime Minister Shmyhal said yesterday. Daily new confirmed cases are running between 4,100 and 8,000 – between one quarter and one half of the peak of 16,300 at the end of November. Yesterday morning’s reported level of 4,158 new cases was the lowest in three months, since Oct. 5.

The New Year’s holiday temperatures were some of the warmest on record, with the weather comparable to that of a normal mid-October

The New Year’s holiday temperatures were some of the warmest on record, with the weather comparable to that of a normal mid-October, reported Central Geophysical Observatory. On Thursday and Friday, record highs were set at 8.4C, or 47F, on each day. This follows Kyiv’s warmest autumn since record keeping started in 1881. Because of the warm weather, the Dnipro River season has been extended through January, an unprecedented time expected to be free of major ice.