The possibility of easing the coronavirus quarantine to cushion Ukrainians from the effect of the lockdown and relaunch the economy has been considered at a meeting chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on addressing the epidemic.
Meanwhile, the government plans to extend quarantine measures as it expects a surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases in early May, according to the President's Office.
"It is necessary to tell people exactly when and what will reopen, [inform about] the government's clear action plan. The surge is expected in early May. People should understand when it is be possible to walk in parks, when hairdressers, notaries, lawyers and other businesses reopen. I know that Olympic athletes want to train to keep fit. All people should have a clear vision of how and when the quarantine could be eased," Zelensky said.
In turn, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said it was necessary first to ease quarantine measures in non-critical infrastructure, which could play a role in stabilizing the economy.
He added Ukraine had introduced its quarantine measures on time and thanks to this, it was possible to avoid a critical situation with the number of coronavirus patients.
As UNIAN reported earlier, 415 new coronavirus cases, including 10 deaths, were confirmed in Ukraine in the past day.
Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said the ministry would offer to extend quarantine measures until May 12.