The expert says the pathogen will not disappear / Photo from UNIAN, by Serhiy Chuzavkov

Ukrainians will have to learn how to live under conditions of the coronavirus epidemic in the next one and a half to two years.

Oleh Ruban, head of the Kyiv office of the State Food and Consumer Service, forecasts that the desease causative agent – the coronavirus – will remain forever, the RBC Ukraine news agency reported.

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"Indeed, the pathogen is with us forever, and we must learn how to live, work under conditions of the epidemic for the next one and a half to two years," Ruban said.

He noted the need to change the rhetoric regarding who should bear responsibility for violating quarantine – business entities or citizens.

At the same time, Ruban clarified that today there is a legal basis for conducting inspections of business entities and imposing fines for violating quarantine-related requirements.

Coronavirus in Ukraine: Latest update

  • In Ukraine, there were 6,719 new daily cases as of the morning of October 21. Another 141 patients died from COVID-19. But more than 2,000 patients recovered in the past day.
  • Ukraine's Deputy Health Minister, Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said that the increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases is associated with the circulation of the virus and its cyclical nature.