"Too early to relax": Health Ministry says coronavirus peak to hit Ukraine on April 14-15
According to statistics, quarantine measures slow the spread of influenza and coronavirus disease. However, Ukraine hasn't yet seen the peak of coronavirus infection; it's expected to hit on April 14-15, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported via its official channel on Telergam.
It is noted that in Ukraine, the dynamics of COVID-19 incidence rate is not as rapid as in other countries. However, the outbreak began a month earlier there, "so it's too early to relax."
The Ministry of Health says quarantine will not be weakened anytime soon.
"The government does not plan to prematurely weaken quarantine measures. For their safety and the safety of their families, Ukrainians should stay at home for now. World Health Organization has echoed the call. WHO believes that it is too early for European countries to ease restrictive measures imposed," the ministry explained.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers on April 3 approved new measures to strengthen quarantine, which was introduced in the country over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The current measures will be in effect from April 6 to April 24.
The government imposed bans on: staying in public places without wearing personal protective means, in particular a respirator or face mask, including home-made ones; movement by a group of people of more than two people, except for cases of official necessity and accompanying persons under the age of 14 by parents, adoptive parents, guardians, trustees, foster parents, and other persons in accordance with the law or adult relatives of the child; staying in public places of persons under the age of 14 unaccompanied by parents, adoptive parents, guardians, trustees, foster parents, and other persons in accordance with the law or adult relatives of the child; visiting parks, squares, recreation areas, forest parks, and coastal zones, except for pet-walking by one person and in matters related to service; visiting sports sites and playgrounds; holding public events (with exceptions); walking the streets without IDs confirming citizenship or special status; and leaving the observation (isolation) site without permission.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Wednesday said restrictive and quarantine-related measures introduced in Ukraine until April 24 were likely to be extended.
As of the morning of April 9, Ukraine reported 1,892 confirmed coronavirus cases.