Coronavirus: Ukraine Toughens Quarantine, Israel Closes Off City

  • "We predict that in the near future we will expect a peak increase in coronavirus disease in Ukraine."
  • UNESCO called for the physical and psychological safety of journalists in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Israeli government declared the city of Bnei Brak, populated mainly by ultra-Orthodox Jews, as a closed territory.

Ukrainian authorities have tightened quarantine conditions. “The only way to break the chain of infection and save human lives is to strengthen quarantine measures,” said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. In particular, compulsory observation of citizens arriving in the country for a period of 14 days is in place.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

A restriction is also imposed on the movement of more than two persons along the streets, with the exception of those accompanying children. “We predict that in the near future we will expect a peak increase in coronavirus disease in Ukraine,” said the deputy head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, and the country’s chief medical officer, Viktor Lyashko.

“Therefore, we propose tougher measures. Since our calculations show that by carrying out additional measures to isolate and limit movement, we can significantly reduce the number of critical cases, we can significantly reduce the number of fatal consequences due to coronavirus disease,” Lyashko said.

The chief health officer claimed at a briefing that the only way to pass the peak of the epidemic without overloading hospitals or overwhelming health capabilities is to reduce the movement of people. Now, Ukraine is studying the experience of European countries in this situation.

As of Friday morning, at least 138 new cases of COVID-19 were laboratory-confirmed in Ukraine. In total, there are 942 cases in the country. Despite calls from the state to minimize movement, about 72,000 citizens returned to Ukraine yesterday, among these, 3,000 came on foot. Also, over 47000 people left the state’s borders, including 2,000 foreigners.

Media reported that drugs that have proven effective in  treating coronavirus disease COVID-19 have already arrived in Ukraine. Earlier, the Ministry of Health published an algorithm of actions for citizens who have discovered symptoms of coronavirus infection. The Ministry of Health also approved a unified state treatment protocol for patients with COVID-19.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Elsewhere, UNESCO called for the physical and psychological safety of journalists in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. During the crisis around COVID-19, the role of journalists is more important than ever, the organization said in Paris. In the current situation, the work of the media can save lives, emphasized UNESCO Deputy Director-General Moez Chakchuk.

The Israeli government declared the city of Bnei Brak, populated mainly by ultra-Orthodox Jews, as a closed territory. It is considered one of the epicenters of coronavirus infection in the country. Security forces deployed dozens of roadblocks at the entrances and exits, more than 1,000 police officers control the streets.

Residents are forbidden to leave the city without special needs. Only food suppliers, police and doctors are allowed to enter the territory. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, to date, 6,857 people are infected with coronavirus in the country, 34 patients have died from the effects of COVID-19 disease.

The number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the world continues to grow. According to the Worldometer international volunteer group, the virus has already entered 204 countries and territories. The causative agent of pneumonia COVID-19 was detected in more than 1 million people, and more than 52,000 have already died from the consequences of the disease.

Additionally, almost 212,000 have recovered. The largest number of victims is in Italy, the largest number of detected cases of infection is in the USA. In Germany, the death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 1,000. They have begun to imprison all people who violate the quarantine law.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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