The most effective way to stop the spread of coronavirus infection is to impose a strict lockdown, but Ukraine cannot afford it. This was announced by Health Minister Maksym Stepanov during a briefing that was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"However, Ukraine does not now have the opportunity to follow the path chosen by Israel, for example, and impose a 14-day lockdown. The economy must continue to work and people must go to work and receive salaries," he stated.
As we reported earlier, today, on October 8, Ukraine reported a new anti-record for daily Covid-19 incidence - 5,397 cases have been observed over the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the World Bank forecasts a decline in Ukraine's GDP in 2020 and a resumption of economic growth in 2021 and 2022 at 1.5 and 3.1%, respectively.
"The economy is expected to contract by 5.5 percent in 2020. Going forward, growth is expected to remain modest at 1.5 percent in 2021, rising to about 3.7 percent by 2023. The outlook depends on the duration of the health crisis and reforms to address bottlenecks to investment and safeguard macroeconomic sustainability,” the statement said.