Coronavirus — Ukraine Sets New Daily Record

  • Last week, for four days in a row, Ukraine recorded a record for the daily number of infections.
  • Society and local authorities need to understand the quarantine restrictions imposed by the government and prepare for the second wave of the epidemic.
  • According to the head of the Ministry of Health, the changes concern, in particular, the indicators that determine the affiliation of an administrative unit to the quarantine zone.

In the last 24 hours, 1,592 new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Ukraine, a record in the country for the entire epidemic. Most infections are in Kharkiv and Lviv regions. On the last day, 22 people died who were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, 530 patients recovered.

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 August 13, there were 86,140 cases in Ukraine and 1,992 deaths.

This is evidenced by the data published on the morning of Thursday on the website of the Coronavirus Epidemic Monitoring System of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.  Last week, for four days in a row, Ukraine recorded a record for the daily number of infections. On August 8, some 1,489, new cases were reported.

The highest number of new cases was recorded in Kharkiv (209), Lviv (166), Ivano-Frankivsk (138), Chernivtsi (130), and Odesa (114) oblasts, as well as in Kyiv (133). In total, 86,140 cases of infection were officially confirmed in Ukraine during the whole period of the epidemic, 2,200 people with coronavirus died, and 46,216 patients recovered.

Society and local authorities need to understand the quarantine restrictions imposed by the government and prepare for the second wave of the epidemic. This was stated by Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmygal at yesterday’s government meeting.

“It’s about the lives and health of Ukrainians,” he said. On behalf of the Prime Minister, the readiness of hospitals will be checked. Officials supported changes to the resolution, which defines the rules of quarantine in Ukraine. Maksym Stepanov stressed:

“New changes to quarantine are the optimal form of the new reality, so that quarantine restrictions are as comfortable as possible for Ukrainians and at the same time ensure the control of the coronavirus. We decided to make the criteria for determining the territorial affiliation of the region to the danger zone.”

According to the head of the Ministry of Health, the changes concern, in particular, the indicators that determine the affiliation of an administrative unit to the quarantine zone. Stepanov added:

“We are talking about the dynamics of the incidence and the number of cases, and we propose to combine this into one indicator – and count in view of the number of new cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days. This is a clearer indicator.”

Denys Shmyhal is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and politician. On 4 March 2020, he was appointed as the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

The government also considered European approaches to state property management. Denis Shmygal reminded that the main conditions of privatization are preservation and increase of jobs, payment of taxes, investments in the economy.

“There are more than 3000 state-owned enterprises in Ukraine, and none of the Ukrainian governments has been able to effectively manage such a number,” he said.

Dr. Shmygal added that usually in other countries dozens or hundreds of state-owned enterprises. “Therefore, we continue to move towards privatization processes in open and fair tenders,” he said.

According to him, the government understands that those enterprises that relate to national security, energy, and natural monopolies, as well as facilities related to socially important processes in society, should remain in public administration.

“Our strategy is to leave three hundred enterprises out of more than three thousand,” the prime minister said. Private companies will invest money, create additional jobs in exchange for a fair share of profits. “This is an effective mechanism that will help reduce corruption, increase the number of jobs and grow the economy in Ukraine,” he said.

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Doris Mkwaya

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