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Ukraine may reimpose a new lockdown if reaching 15,000 COVID-19 cases per day

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Also, read in this post:

  • Levels of epidemic danger in Ukraine as of today

  • Quarantine: rules for foreign visitors

  • List of 'Red' Countries to Enter Ukraine as per Oct. 23, 2020

  • COVID-19 testing requirements and instructions

  • Restrictions by color in different zones of Ukraine

  • How to purchase the COVID-19 insurance policy online.

- Levels of epidemic danger in the territories determined by the State Commission's decision on Energy and Emergencies of October 23, 2020, № 39, come into force from 00.00 on October 26, 2020. Live map

The Head of State noted that a strict lockdown would completely stop Ukraine's economy, and now its introduction is impractical.

According to the President, the estimate of the number of daily infections under which the state will be forced to resort to strict quarantine measures varies depending on medical institutions' readiness.

  • "A month ago, we thought that with 9.5 thousand patients a day, our medicine would stop - there would not be enough beds in infectious diseases hospitals and enough doctors ... Today, Minister Stepanov is right that with 15 thousand we can impose a lockdown," the Head of State emphasized."

The President also noted the qualification of Ukrainian doctors in treating coronavirus patients and the importance of their sufficient financial support.

  • "We have almost the lowest mortality rate in Europe - 1.9% (of the number of patients - ed.) because doctors know how to treat COVID-19 patients. They learned quickly - Italians invited our doctors for a reason," the President said, adding that since September, the salaries of medical workers have been increased."

Volodymyr Zelenskyy also considers it expedient to increase the responsibility for non-compliance with quarantine measures. He added that he regularly holds meetings, including local authorities, on the danger of a new wave of the epidemic. And criminal proceedings have already been initiated against mayors for non-compliance with quarantine.

Ukraine said 7,014 new active COVID-19 cases had been confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours as of October 24, 2020.

According to the interactive map of the National Security and Defense Council, the total number of confirmed cases grew to 337,410 as of October 24, 2020.

As many as 139,755 patients, including 2,177 in the past day, have recovered.

The death toll has hit 6,289, with 125 fatalities recorded in the past day.

The government reported 191,366 active cases as of October 24. In total, there have been 409,402 reports on suspected COVID-19 since the beginning of 2020.

The highest number of new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours was registered in the city of Kyiv (560 cases), Kharkiv region (520), Zhytomyr region (484), Lviv region (469), and Khmelnytsky region (450).

Quarantine: rules for foreign visitors

  • Foreign citizens entering Ukraine from a Red Zone country will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa Lviv.

    • The Ministry reviews the list of countries with high incidence every three days and publishes updates on its  website. Foreign citizens traveling to Ukraine should check the latest determination before travel.

    • Foreign citizens from "red" countries visiting Ukraine must demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while on the territory of Ukraine. You can find further details and exceptions from this requirement on the Ministry’s website. Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online on our blog.

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No

Quarantine Information

  • Foreign citizens from "red" countries must enter 14-days self-isolation if not carrying a negative PCR test at arrival. Upon arrival at Ukrainian international airports. Test results are emailed within 24 hours, and passengers should follow the self-quarantine protocol until the results are reported to the Public Health Center and consequently sent to the App "Act at Home."

  • How to set the "Act at Home" track & tracing app step-by-step

The Ministry of Health advises that the PCR document showing the results should:

  • Be in English (translation into Ukrainian is preferable, if possible - not obligatory)

  • State the sample collection time and the time when results were received

  • Specifically, mention the test type – PCR – polymerase chain reaction.

  • Show the full name, date of birth, and passport number of the traveler.

  • Include the name, address, and contact details of the lab performing the test

  • Clearly state the result – COVID-19 NO or COVID-19 YES.

COVID-19 Testing

The restrictions by zone are:

The restrictions in different zones are as follows:

Green zone provides:

  • wearing a mask or respirator while indoors,

  • observe a distance during mass events (1 person on 5 sq. m),

  • keep a distance during events in cultural institutions (occupancy of 50%),

  • passengers in public transport within the number of seats.

  • No more than 50 people may attend a mass event.

Yellow zone (+restrictions of the green zone) bans:

  • visits to social protection facilities for the elderly, other than those providing emergency services.

  • The maximum number of participants in a mass event is 30 people.

Orange zone (+restrictions of the yellow zone) bans:

  • work of hostels, campsites, etc. (except hotels).

  • Work of entertainment establishments, restaurants at night.

  • Scheduled hospitalizations.

  • work of gyms, fitness centers, cultural institutions.

  • Accepting new shifts in children's camps.

  • Restrictions for public events: 1 person per 20 square meters and not more than 100 people.

In the “green,” “yellow,” and “orange” zones, participants in mass events must be at least 1.5 meters apart. Additionally, the work of cafes and restaurants in these zones will be banned from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (except for takeout and delivery). 

Red zone (+restrictions of the yellow zone) bans:

  • work of public transport.

  • Visiting schools, universities, etc.

  • Activities of shopping malls, cafes, and restaurants.

  • Holding mass events is forbidden.

The Cabinet of Ministers has extended the country’s quarantine restrictions until Dec. 31 due to an upsurge of new coronavirus cases.


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