Coronavirus — 81 Infected in Kyiv Boarding School

  • "An outbreak started with a sick female worker. After that, all students and staff of the institution were tested by PCR-method."
  • The first symptoms of COVID-19 were found in a boarding school employee last week.
  • COVID-19 has run rampant in boarding schools, dorms, nursing homes, and other facilities in Ukraine.

A new outbreak of coronavirus was discovered in Kyiv. Eighty-one people fell ill in the Darnytsia boarding school for girls. The mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko, reported about it at a briefing. “Today, 81 people were diagnosed with the disease at the Darnytsya boarding school for girls,” Klitschko said.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Ukraine when the country’s first case was confirmed to be hospitalized in Chernivtsi Oblast on 3 March 2020. As of May 16, Ukraine has 17,858 cases and 497 deaths.

“An outbreak started with a sick female worker. After that, all students and staff of the institution were tested by PCR-method. 182 people protested,” Klitschko continued. Three staff members are now in hospital.

All are kept on self-isolation under the supervision of doctors. There is a possibility that the infection was brought by one of the employees of the institution. The boarding school was closed for quarantine, and is being disinfected. Rescuers and police are on duty at the entrance.

Later, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova, said that the first symptoms of COVID-19 were found in a boarding school employee last week. However, this information was not reported to the Ministry of Social Policy in time. According to Klitschko, after this incident, all students, staff, and residents in Kyiv’s boarding houses and schools will be tested for coronavirus infection.

In April, an outbreak of coronavirus occurred in several dormitories in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine. Dozens of people were infected with the virus. There was also an outbreak of coronavirus in Kyiv-Pechersk and Pochaiv laurels, due to which buildings were closed for quarantine.

Coronavirus in Ukraine acquires disappointing national characteristics. Despite the fact that from the first days of April, the government banned visiting social security institutions where children and the elderly live, they were ignored. In mid-April, the first problems arose here. On April 14, a 48-year-old woman died in a private dormitory in Vyshneve, near Kyiv. And four days later, another resident of the hostel.

In total, in the Kyiv region, the coronavirus was confirmed in residents of four dormitories. Also in Vyshneve, there were dormitories in the village of Petropavlivske and Gostomel village. The dormitories were placed on self-isolation. At the same time, asymptomatic patients were not isolated from those who were not diagnosed at the time of testing.

The Center for Public Health explains that the laboratory center is the first to react to a case of coronavirus infection. It is responsible for identifying patients and carrying out epidemiological surveillance.

Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He currently serves as Mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration, having held both offices since June 2014.

“Other actions depend on the management of the dormitory, as well as local authorities in which the dormitory is located,” said Roman Kolesnyk, a specialist in the infection control department of the Center for Public Health at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

All recommendations for self-isolation, disinfection, and treatment have been provided by the Public Health Center for a long time. They are published, in particular, on the websites of the Ministry of Health and the Central Health Center.

Hospital Managers, Doctors Hide Data from Public

The State Labor Service initiates an investigation into each case. However, Viktor Lyashko, the chief state sanitary doctor, says that not all cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection are reported by hospital managers to the State Labor Service. The heads of healthcare institutions dispute this statement.

“More than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 disease among medical workers, coronavirus infections data among doctors are not reported to the general public,” the chief medical doctor emphasized. He also recalled that the public labor service to initiate an investigation into the case.

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