Coronavirus — New Cases in Turkey, New Programs in Ukraine

  • "Our number of intensive care and intubated patients continues to decrease," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.
  • In Ukraine, Lviv has begun to reopen non-food markets.
  • A new government decree has approved packages of medical services for patients with suspected or established coronavirus disease.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Friday that the number of coronavirus cases in Turkey increased by 1,708 over the previous 24 hours and the number of deaths by 48. That brings the total number of cases in the country to 146,457 and 4,055 deaths. Koca, however, said that conditions in the country were improving.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Turkey on 11 March 2020, after a man who had returned to Turkey from Europe, tested positive. As of May 16, there are 146,457 cases in Turkey and 4,055 deaths.

Stating that 38,565 tests have been performed in the last 24 hours, the Minister of Health announced that the number of COVID-19 patients recovering during the same period was 2,103. A total of 106,133 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Turkey. Koca said on Twitter:

“Our number of intensive care and intubated patients continues to decrease. Our number of tests is higher than yesterday. There is a partial increase in our number of cases. Our new lifestyle is Controlled Social Life. Condition: Mask + 1, 5 meter Social Distance.”

Lviv: More than 60% of Cases in City

Yesterday, at a meeting of the Lviv Regional Commission for Emergencies, chaired by the head of the regional state administration Maksym Kozytsky, a decision was made to allow the operation of non-food markets, subject to sanitary and epidemiological measures. That is, markets will operate in conditions such as grocery stores.

From May 16, all quarantine checkpoints in the Lviv region will stop working. From May 22, medical institutions will be able to conduct scheduled hospitalizations. Funds will be allocated from the regional budget for the organization of regular special passenger transportation of medical workers, and those who ensure the livelihood of settlements.

As of March 15,942 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in Lviv, and in the districts of the region, 23 of them were fatal. The city carried out 356 PCR tests, from which 38 became positive. More than 60% of all infected people are residents of Lviv.

New Government Packages

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.

The government decree has approved packages of medical services for patients with suspected or established coronavirus disease. “The first package provides payment for emergency medical care,” said Oksana Movchan, head of the National Health Service.

The government will pay for each visit of the emergency medical team to patients with coronavirus. The package already includes additional payments to crew members of up to 300%.

The second package is financing the work of mobile teams that take tests at home from patients. But the team must make at least 150 visits a month. Any health care institution can sign a contract for such a service.

The third package is inpatient care for patients with COVID-19. Today in Ukraine 240 institutions are designated for hospitalization of patients with COVID-19. They will be funded regardless of the number of people treated. The tariff also includes additional surcharges for patients with “COVID-19” involved in the treatment of up to 300%.

Since May 1, medical care for patients with COVID-19 was provided only in these specially designated payments. Other institutions that have received such patients will not be paid for it. By the way, these packages completely cover the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The patient does not need to pay extra for anything.

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