Ukraine cannot be on lockdown for six months, - PM Shmygal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers is considering options for mitigating lockdown in order to start the economy
09:59, 31 March 2020


Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that Ukraine could not be on lockdown for six months. He said this on the air of ICTV, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

"We are very aware that many people, most of the population of Ukraine do not have a financial cushion and cannot stay at home for three months. People need to make money. The economy needs to be started. Ukraine is not a rich country that can afford to not work for six months and watch TV on the couch," the PM stated.

He stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers was considering options for mitigating lockdown in order to start the economy, but it depended on the dynamics of the spread of coronavirus across the country.

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It is worth noting that PM had earlier stated about Ukraine's economic decline. According to him, Ukraine's GDP will fall by 4.8% by the end of 2020. Such a macro forecast is agreed by all Ukrainian institutions, organizations, and economists.

As we reported earlier, as of 10:00 p.m., on March 30, 548 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Covid-19 were recorded in Ukraine.

In total, there were 13 fatal cases and eight people successfully recovered.

Related: PM Shmygal predicts Ukraine's economic decline by almost 5% by end of 2020

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