As of today, there are enough hospital beds in Ukraine for patients with coronavirus and so far there are no prerequisites for the immediate introduction of a lockdown. This was stated by the chairman of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction David Arakhamia in a comment to journalists, Ukrinform reports.
"As for the lockdown, Shmygal said that there are epidemiologists' calculations that for the lockdown to work, it takes time from 15 days to at least 3 weeks for the effect (of morbidity, - ed.) to decrease. But as of now we have enough beds, and now there are no prerequisites for an immediate lockdown. Once again, we heard guarantees that parliament will know about the potential lockdown date 7 days before it will be introduced. And as soon as there are such preconditions, we we will know and will have seven days to prepare, including all the necessary legislative initiatives," Arakhamia said.
At the same time, he noted that the prerequisites for the introduction of a full lockdown are, first of all, the number of hospital beds and the rate of spread of the disease.
MPs will hear a government report next week on how the weekend quarantine has worked, Arakhamia said.
“We will make a retrospective analysis of this initiative. If it didn’t work, we will correct it,” the parliamentarian added.
On November 27, the President's Office reported that in a week it would become clear whether a lockdown should be introduced. The corresponding decision will be made, taking into account the results of the weekend quarantine.
Also the head of the Ministry of Health Maxim Stepanov said that a complete lockdown could nullify the coronavirus infection in Ukraine. But at the same time, the economic factor must also be taken into account. According to the minister, the basis for the introduction of a lockdown will be the epidemic situation and the load on the medical system.