PM Shmyhal elaborates on the success of the weekend quarantine / Photo from UNIAN

The newly introduced weekend quarantine has allowed the Ukrainian authorities to considerably reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases, since it has significantly decreased the mobility of the population and, accordingly, their contacts.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced this during the Freedom of Speech on ICTV TV program.

"This weekend, on Saturday, mobility decreased by 19%, and on Sunday by 27%. These are very important indicators. This actually, according to research by international institutions, reduces the spread of the disease by 66.7%," he said.

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Weekend quarantine in Ukraine

  • Due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, the Cabinet of Ministers on November 11 decided to impose the so-called weekend quarantine in Ukraine. It is in effect every Saturday and Sunday from November 14 through November 30. Only grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, veterinary pharmacies, medical institutions, gas stations are allowed to operate.
  • Mayors of certain cities, such as Lviv, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Cherkasy, Dnipro, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, said that their municipalities would not comply with the Cabinet's decision on the weekend quarantine.
  • In Ukraine, 557,657 coronavirus cases have been confirmed since the start of the epidemic. Of them, 11,968 were confirmed in the past 24 hours as of November 17. The death toll is 9,856, including 159 in the past day.