Current situation with Covid-19 in Ukraine 'tougher than ever', - Healthcare Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

This is the moment when doctors need support much more than before. Maksym Stepanov said
08:05, 9 October 2020

Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov

Ukraine's Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov warned the citizens that the current epidemiological situation in this country is even more complicated than it was in spring, when the pandemic just began. The official posted that on Facebook.

"5,397 diagnoses of Covid-19 per the last 24 hours and some 1,000 cases of hospitalization... The beds are occupied fast. Similar situation was observed in spring in Spain and Italy. And even medical systens of European countries were not able to deal with the load of patients... In spring, we saw flash mobs in social networks, as they supported the medics. But now, the situation is much worse, and it's the same moment when the doctors need much more support", Stepanov wrote.

He turned to officials who allow mass events to take place: it's about a serious danger, and no one has the right to treat people's lives carelessly. 

Related: Ukraine's Health Ministry may involve private laboratories to test Covid-19 for budgetary funds, - Stepanov

"I turn to all citizens, despite their status or occupation, I urge everyone: wear masks, observe social distance, use anti-septics and wash your hands. The situation is more serious than ever since the epidemic began. There's your life and lives of your close ones at stake", the Minister concluded.

Stepanov also pointed out that the most effective way to stop the spread of coronavirus infection is to impose a total quarantine, but Ukraine cannot afford it.

Related: Record number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Ukraine over past day, - Stepanov

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