PM Shmyhal explains how weekend quarantine may lessen load on healthcare / REUTERS

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said the weekend quarantine introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers last week may stop the constant growth of new coronavirus cases in two to three weeks, as well as flattening the curve when there are 12,000-15,000 new daily cases.

"The weekend quarantine is a balanced alternative to a full lockdown. If we all together adhere to the anti-epidemic rules, we will see the result in two to three weeks. The result is flattening the curve to 12,000-15,000 new daily cases. In this case, we will be able to somehow lessen the load on the healthcare system and support our doctors. This is a human resource, and it is not endless," he said at a government meeting on Wednesday.

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Weekend quarantine in Ukraine

  • On November 11, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce the weekend quarantine in Ukraine from November 14 to November 30. It is in effect from 00.00 a.m. Saturday to 00.00 a.m. Monday.
  • On the weekend, a ban will be in effect in addition to the restrictions provided for on weekdays, namely cafes and restaurants (except for the take-out service), shopping malls and entertainment centers, other entertainment outlets, fitness centers and the like should be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Only grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, medical institutions, gas stations are allowed to operate.