Ukraine is discussing the introduction of a full lockdown

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Ukraine is discussing the introduction of a full lockdown

The number of cases of coronavirus infection in Ukraine exceeded sixteen thousand people a day

KIEV – Ukraine is ready to analyze the dynamics of coronavirus infections in three weekend quarantines in order to decide on the introduction of a full lockdown.

As Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kirill Tymoshenko noted, the first results of the weekend quarantine introduced on November 13 to reduce the number of patients with COVID-19 will be noticeable in a week..

“We are trying to slow down the growth rate (of the incidence of COVID-19 – TB) in order to stabilize the situation. And during this time – to increase the number of beds and beds with oxygen and other equipment. Whether a lockdown is possible, we will understand after we pass the third weekend in quarantine, and we will make a decision, ”said Kirill Tymoshenko, the press service of the President of Ukraine reported on November 27.

Kirill Tymoshenko stressed that there is no clear indicator of the maximum number of new infections per day, at which the medical system will not cope – the number of those who recovered, the length of stay in hospitals is also important..

According to the Government Portal, according to the Center for Public Health, by November 27, 16,218 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 were recorded in Ukraine, of which 666 children were children, 655 were health workers. The number of active patients is 355 260 people.

According to the Ukrainian press, by November 27, the authorities had not decided on the date of the introduction of a full lockdown..

“One option is from December 25 to January 17. These dates were spoken with mayors and governors about a week ago. As the incidence numbers for coronavirus change daily, quarantines may be intensified earlier. Another option that sounds in the corridors of power is from December 7 to 20, “Ukrainska Pravda writes, quoting” informed interlocutors in the government and the President’s Office. “.

At the same time, the National News Agency “Ukrinform” reports on November 27 that the Verkhovna Rada received a presidential bill, which provides for the direction of funds from the Fund for Combating COVID-19 to support entrepreneurs and employees.

The agency reports that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the registration of bills on measures of economic support for citizens and business in connection with quarantine restrictions.

It is envisaged that individual entrepreneurs and employees, whose sphere of activity falls under the closure due to quarantine, will receive financial assistance in the amount of eight thousand hryvnias. According to calculations, more than a million citizens of Ukraine will be able to receive assistance under this program, and its total amount will be about ten billion hryvnia, Ukrinform reports..

Officials on lockdown

For the introduction of a lockdown “as soon as possible” on November 26 spoke out the Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov.

“My personal point of view is that it is necessary to introduce a lockdown as quickly as possible. Duration three or four weeks. There is no need to hide behind political slogans or some convenient wording, because we are talking about big systemic risks to the health of our people, “said Arsen Avakov, reports RBC-Ukraine.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy Alexander Tkachenko earlier spoke in favor of the introduction of a lockdown for the New Year holidays, according to the website of the TV channel “Ukraine 24”.

Subsequently, Alexander Tkachenko noted that this is his personal position, given the current situation with COVID-19.

“I am not the ‘thief of Christmas’. This is my point of view, which arose from the discussion about the weekend quarantine. To a certain extent, we need restrictions, because there are high numbers of the disease, “the minister said..

Recall that in the first ten days of March 2020, the government of Ukraine approved a number of measures “to be taken due to the threat of an epidemic of coronavirus infection in Ukraine and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” These measures were called “lockdown”, they concerned restrictions on holding mass events with the participation of two hundred or more people. Quarantine was introduced in educational institutions, air traffic with some countries was closed, most of the checkpoints on the borders of the republic.

Spring Lockdown Experience

Political analyst Boris Kushniruk believes that as an option – a full lockdown is possible, but this will give little.

“We have a very low level of testing. In reality, we do not know how many are infected and how many are not. In order to impose restrictions, it is necessary that these tests be one hundred to one hundred and fifty thousand a day, and we have two times less, “says Boris Kushniruk to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.

He believes that the discussion on the introduction of quarantine for three weeks, especially on New Year’s Eve, will lead to significant losses for small businesses..

“And the situation will be worse than when the lockdown was introduced in the spring, it is during the Christmas holidays that the peak of sales falls. Manufacturers call me and ask when they will introduce lockdown. They need to do something about production, especially if there is production. For business, this is a disaster, and the government will not be able to cover all the expenses of entrepreneurs during quarantine, ”emphasizes Boris Kushniruk.

From an economic point of view, the lockdown will not bring big shocks if it is introduced before mid-December, the analyst notes..

Conditions are the same for everyone

According to a political analyst Yaroslav Makitra, a detailed explanation is needed – what a full lockdown means?

“Are the authorities planning measures like in March of this year or something tougher? The details are important – what specific points in the lockdown are planned? From the standpoint of economics and politics, this is a very difficult decision, because there is some indignation in society and among representatives of private business, “Yaroslav Makitra says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..

He believes that no matter what decisions are made, the government is obliged to do everything so that the measures for everyone are the same..

“If some restaurants are closed, then some of them should not secretly work and serve representatives of the establishment. If we are talking about grocery stores, then it should not be so that supermarkets will continue to work, and small grocery stores, kiosks or markets will be closed, ”emphasizes Yaroslav Makitra.

According to him, Ukrainians got used to celebrating winter holidays in a wide circle and it will not be easy for the authorities to explain why bans are needed right now..

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