How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact working life in Ukraine?
During the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine, half a million people fell ill
From 14 to 30 November, the government of Ukraine introduces new forms of quarantine – weekend lockdown
KIEV – The number of new cases of coronavirus infection is growing in Ukraine. According to the Minister of Healthcare Maxim Stepanov, over the entire time of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half a million people fell ill in the country – 500,865. The increase in new cases per day, November 12, – 11,057 infected, including 428 children and 564 health workers.
For the entire time of the pandemic in Ukraine, 9145 deaths were recorded, 227694 patients recovered.
In order to avoid the continuation of the rapid increase in the incidence of coronavirus and fix it at the current level, the government decided to introduce a weekend quarantine from November 14..
“The weekend lockdown is an opportunity, without stopping the economy during working hours, to stop this geometric growth of the pandemic and fix it at least at the current level. Lockdown for two weeks will not give anything, according to calculations it should be at least three weeks “, – said Denis Shmygal on November 10 on the air of the program” Hard with Vlashchenko “, RBC-Ukraine reports..
According to the Prime Minister, the new measures will stop the incidence of the disease at the current level, which will make it possible to avoid the collapse of the medical system..
During the “weekend quarantine” on Saturdays and Sundays, the work of shopping and entertainment centers, gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, as well as the work of theaters and public events will be prohibited. It is prohibited to receive visitors in bars, restaurants, cafes and entertainment establishments. Government portal of executive authorities reports that weekend quarantine is introduced until November 30.
According to the Ukrainian and international press, the local authorities of a number of cities – in Rivne, Cherkassy, Slavyansk, Lviv – announced their reluctance to introduce new quarantine restrictions..
“In Odessa, they are not going to introduce weekend quarantine yet: neither the regional, nor the city commission of the TEB have taken any decisions. The city has an orange level of epidemic danger, ”the Novoye Vremya website reported on November 12. This was stated, according to the publication, by the secretary of the operational headquarters of the city council for emergency response Alexander Tikhovsky.
This week it became known about positive tests for coronavirus from the president, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, head of the office of the head of state, vice speaker of parliament.
“The President really went home from the Office, and from there on Tuesday he moved to the hospital, because there are better conditions for self-isolation and caring for patients with coronavirus infection,” the press secretary of the President of Ukraine notes on his Facebook page. Julia Mendel.
She writes that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the head of his office Andriy Yermak “have already held several meetings from there, and on the same Tuesday evening, the president talked with Chancellor Angela Merkel.”.
Yulia Mendel notes that the leader of the Ukrainian state is active and has “mild symptoms of the disease”.
On the results of seven months of the fight against coronavirus
Political scientist Alexey Yakubin notes that the Ukrainian authorities in the seven months of this year since the introduction of the first quarantine measures could better prepare the medical system, modernize the work of tuberculosis dispensaries, and more actively use the funds of the anticoronavirus fund.
“The Anti-Coronavirus Fund is 66 billion hryvnias, that is, more than $ 2.3 billion. The data that we heard – a significant part of these funds did not go either to medicine, or to hire new specialists, to conduct express courses for new medical personnel, for nurses, “Alexey Yakubin says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
According to him, Ukraine is faced with a situation where it is necessary to introduce weekend quarantine, without scientific justification about the effectiveness of these measures..
“One of the problematic moments of the weekend quarantine is that no one talks about the scientific approach, there is no evidence that this will lead to a decrease in the number of chains. The expected effect may be counterproductive – on weekdays, the number of visits to those facilities that are closed for the weekend will increase, ”emphasizes Alexey Yakubin.
The political scientist calls the actions of the Ukrainian authorities in the fight against coronavirus “chaotic”.
“Against the background of the fact that nothing special has been done in the fight against the coronavirus, the authorities, without having any special data, are introducing a weekend quarantine, because they do this in Poland and other countries. It can be assumed that during all this time there has been one calculation – the situation will improve, and the coronavirus will dispel somehow by itself, ”emphasizes Alexey Yakubin.
Quarantine and days of the week
Media expert Sergey Rachinsky believes that the introduction of quarantine restrictions on days of the week, as a method of combating coronavirus, looks strange.
“The goal is to reduce the number of contacts between citizens, but Saturday and Sunday are not the busiest days. Reducing the temperature outside – people themselves could sit at home on their own initiative. But it is obvious that the authorities have exhausted their opportunities to somehow influence the situation, “Sergei Rachinsky says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
He notes that now any initiative of the authorities stumbles upon the distrust of citizens..
“According to the results of a recent opinion poll, the rating of no confidence in the president, government, cabinet of ministers is more than 73-76 percent. The regional government does not always fulfill the requirements of the central one. For example, Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovoy and several other mayors opposed the idea of a weekend quarantine. The authorities do not know how to act, they do not have a plan or an understandable scenario that they would like to adhere to, ”emphasizes Sergei Rachinsky.
The previous quarantine, he said, ended not because it was possible to contain the pandemic, but because citizens were tired of staying at home..
“The Ukrainians, as we remember, canceled it themselves, they just got tired of sitting at home,” says Serhiy Rachinsky.
According to him, there is no “silver bullet” from the coronavirus, but there are two ways: either organizing systematic violence against citizens, or a free option, as in Sweden.