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Healthcare Minister explains condition under which total lockdown may be introduced in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The number of Covid-19 cases must exceed 30,000
08:30, 21 November 2020

Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov
Ministry of Health of Ukraine

Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov spoke about the condition under which a full lockdown can be introduced in Ukraine. According to him, with the current ratio of hospitalized patients , this can happen if the number of daily recorded Covid-19 cases exceeds 30,000. He told about this on the air of the Inter TV channel.

According to the head of the Ministry of Health, when such a number of patients are recorded every day in Ukraine, the medical system will not withstand the load and its lockdown will occur.

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“For us, the main thing is the number of people who are hospitalized. If we talk about the percentage of patients admitted to the hospital, I think that this (a lockdown of the medical system) will occur if more than 30 thousand per day in a certain period ."

Maksym Stepanov noted that as of this morning, there are 27,902 cases of Covid-19 in hospitals.

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"For us, this is the most critical and serious indicator," the minister stressed.

As we reported earlier, Ahmed al-Mandari, the WHO Department Director for Eastern Mediterranean is convinced that the worldwide situation with Covid-19 is going to get even worse in the future.

He reiterated that as the winter comes, it does not affect the increasing number of infections. Only behaviour of people changes; they spend more time in closed spaces than they do in summer. And that improves the rate of the spread of infection.  

Al-Mandari added that none of the four currently developed and tested vaccines have been approved yet.

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