If 80% of elderly Ukrainians get vaccinated by autumn, lockdown can be avioded, - Healthcare Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

There is a high possibility that the state would be forced to announce strict lockdown due to the Delta coronavirus pandemic
11:04, 15 July 2021

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Health does not exclude the possibility of introducing a lockdown this autumn. This was announced by Healthcare Minister Viktor Lyashko, as RBC-Ukraine reported.

Lyashko assures that now there is an opportunity to prevent a new lockdown.

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"And I am talking not only about the observance of anti-epidemic standards. I would like to appeal to our older relatives – parents, grandfathers, grandmothers – they should go and receive a priority vaccine against coronavirus disease," Lyashko said.

According to the head of the Ministry of Health, if people over 60 are vaccinated by at least 80%, then the potential increase in the number of cases will not be critical.

“Therefore, considering the feasibility of introducing a lockdown, we want to protect the most vulnerable groups of the population. Elderly people belong to the most vulnerable groups,” the minister stressed.

Lyashko noted that if people over 60 are vaccinated, then for the increase in the number of new cases, the authorities will assess two components: the potential impact on the state and life of people, as well as the impact on the economy.

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As of July 15, 2021, 2 242 868 people fell ill with coronavirus in Ukraine; 2,179,665 people recovered; 52 685 lethal cases were recorded. 

As reported on July 14, the Spanish Constitutional Court declared the introduction of a state of emergency in the country due to Covid-19 in 2020 unconstitutional.

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