Coronavirus in Ukraine: Overall situation
The fast spreading coronavirus #COVID-19 has become a global challenge for humanity. On Mar.13, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, announced that Europe has become the epicentre for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ukrainian government faces a challenge to prevent the virus from spreading and not letting panic take over.
As for today, 10 Ukrainian regions have declared an emergency situation. The "emergency situation” does not equal to the state of emergency. The state of emergency would limit constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, while the emergency situation does not impose such limitations.
From 16 March, all foreign citizens are barred from entering Ukraine till at least April. Here is some of the key information worth knowing about, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. While the whole country is in quarantine, all restaurants, bars and shopping malls are closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations are open. Subways are shut, while other forms of city public transport are allowed to take no more than 10 passengers at once. All domestic bus and train journeys are prohibited.
All international plane, train and air services are suspended from 17 March. The only way to enter Ukraine is through one of 123 checkpoints.
It is worth adding that foreigners who drive a truck, a transit vehicle or are crew members of members of ships, cars and/or planes will be allowed to enter Ukraine following additional screening.
Quarantine in Ukraine has been prolonged till 24 of April. During the quarantine Gold Exim continues its activity almost as per regular schedule. Office workers stay home while warehouse stuff operates as formerly with utmost caution, sustaining all the measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
As of 1st of April, Ukraine confirms 669 cases of coronavirus, the Ministry of Health reports. 10 patients recovered; 17 people died.