Shmyhal declares third wave of coronavirus in Ukraine, lockdown possible

Shmyhal declares third wave of coronavirus in Ukraine, lockdown possible

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has announced the beginning of a third wave of COVID-19 in Ukraine and does not rule out that new lockdown restrictions could be introduced.

He said this at a press conference on the first year of the government's work under his chairmanship, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"Every day we see an increase in the number of patients. Unfortunately, it should be noted that the third wave of the epidemic in Ukraine has begun. These are the figures, statistics that we see, it cannot be hidden or interpreted differently. We must be aware that the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine has begun," Shmyhal said.

He recalled that "adaptive quarantine" was currently in place in Ukraine and stressed that "red zone" and tough lockdown restrictions have already been introduced in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Zhytomyr regions. In his opinion, lockdown may also be introduced in the Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia, Ternopil regions and a number of other regions in which "orange zone" restrictions are currently in place.

"Of course, when most of the regions will be in the 'red zone,' we will most likely have to use the lockdown model that had already been introduced in Ukraine," Shmyhal said, emphasizing the importance of citizens maintaining a conscious approach to their own safety and complying with anti-epidemic measures.

He stressed that vaccination in the world had just begun and might take several years, so "the coronavirus has not gone anywhere."

"I cannot say whether there will be lockdown in Ukraine or not. We will try to manage the adaptive quarantine as much as possible, but if we see that the medical system is overloaded, when we see that more than 65% of beds in all regions of Ukraine are occupied and the possibilities of medicine are beginning to be limited, we will have no other way out but to do what all European countries have done," Shmyhal said.

On February 17, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a resolution introducing "adaptive quarantine" in Ukraine until April 30, with four levels of epidemiological danger.

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