Ukraine extends COVID-19 quarantine until May 11
The quarantine restrictions over the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine have been extended until May 11.
The corresponding decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on April 22.
Prior to this, the quarantine was set until April 24.
"The quarantine is planned to be extended until May 11, 2020," said Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said, introducing the relevant document.
Along with this, Stepanov said, the document provides that all those who will participate in blood donation programs will be able to use public transport.
"Certain groups of workers could be engaged without undergoing mandatory health checkups if they coincide with the quarantine period. That is, we are talking about certain categories of workers who are required to undergo medical examinations, but, unfortunately, they are not able to do this amid the quarantine. Therefore, they are allowed to do this later," he said. "In addition, it is proposed to approve the anti-epidemic procedure related to self-isolation. In particular, we are expanding self-isolation tools. The Diia app has been finalized to monitor persons who are self-isolating."
According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the government has a clear plan for quitting the quarantine, it consists of five stages.
"We have a very clear quarantine exit plan. The plan consists of five stages. There is a starting point for the implementation of this plan. We can conditionally call it 'E Day,' that is, End-of-Quarantine Day. We can start the implementation of our plan subject to a favorable epidemic situation. According to our forecasts, May 11 should be this day. Therefore, today we will extend the quarantine until that date," Shmyhal said.
According to him, to start existing the quarantine within 10 days, the percentage of confirmed cases in the country should not change and be within plus or minus 5%.
"The second condition is that the level of COVID-19 patients in hospitals should not be higher than 50%. After that, we'll follow the quarantine exit plan and proceed with the next four steps," he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 6,592 confirmed coronavirus cases in Ukraine as of the morning of April 22.
Shmyhal forecasts Ukrainians will have to live under new conditions for at least the next two years, when they will be wearing face masks, following social distancing and disinfection guidelines, abiding by certain rules of conduct in transport, in public places, etc.