In Ukraine, the aggressive mutation of the Delta coronavirus has become dominant among new Covid cases. The rate of spread of the strain has increased significantly - one such infected person can infect 5-8 people on average. This is arguably the most contagious option. Research shows it is 40-60% more infectious than Britain's Alpha. In addition, the strain may be more likely to infect people who are only partially vaccinated and increase the risk of hospitalization.
We have collected for you the latest news on the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine and other countries of the world. The data is constantly updated.
A sharp increase in infections in Ukraine
Ukraine is fourth in the world in terms of daily mortality from coronavirus, according to data from the Worldometers website. So, in terms of daily mortality from coronavirus, the United States and Russia are in the lead.
October 20, 22,415 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded in Ukraine - a record infection since the beginning of the pandemic. A record number of fatalities was fixed - 546 people died.
The day before, a record number of coronavirus vaccinations were performed in Ukraine. 251,254 people were vaccinated, 165,649 people received one dose, and 85,605 people were fully immunized. Records are set for the second day in a row, the day before they made more than 226,000 vaccinations.
New rules for travel in Ukrzaliznytsia interregional trains, buses, and planes came into force in Ukraine on October 21. The conductor will now ask passengers for a document confirming vaccination or a PCR test.
In addition, the police will start checking certificates in crowded places on Thursday. This applies to shopping malls, restaurants, and other establishments subject to restrictions (full list - here).
Before boarding a train, passengers over the age of 18 must show the conductor or driver:
- vaccination certificate (international, domestic or foreign vaccination certificate from Covid-19);
- a document on receiving at least one dose of the vaccine;
- negative PCR test result;
- negative result of the rapid test for antigen.
Medical workers of the Voznesensk multidisciplinary hospital in the Mykolaiv region. Facebook asked the Ministry of Health for help - there was only a few days of oxygen left in the hospital, there would be no supplies.
So, the hospital received a letter from a company that supplies oxygen. The supplier notifies that there will be no supply of oxygen for several days, since the main producers throughout the country do not have adequate volumes.
The coronavirus pandemic will last until 2022
Adviser to the head of the World Health Organization Bruce Aylward said that the coronavirus pandemic "may well last for much of 2022" because the world's poor countries do not receive enough vaccines.
Developed countries are not fulfilling their obligations under the program of providing drugs to poor regions.
If in most countries of the world about 40% of the population or more are vaccinated, in Africa only 5% of the population has been immunized. At the same time, according to estimates by charities, only one of the seven doses of vaccine promised to the poorest people in the world, really achieve the goal.
Khmelnytsky region to strengthen quarantine
In the Khmelnytsky region, the commission on thermal power and emergency situations decided to increase quarantine from October 23 due to a sharp increase in morbidity.
According to the decision, food and non-food markets, shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, hotels, and hostels can work only if they have a test staff or a document confirming vaccination with at least one dose of vaccine ("yellow" certificates).
Also, bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, cultural institutions can work if their staff and visitors have similar documents. The same conditions apply to mass events
Austria to receives labor migrants only with a covid passport
The Austrian Parliament has recently planned the adoption of a bill that makes it mandatory to have a "health passport" for admission to work. The so-called 3-G rule provides for proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing (in German, all three words begin with "g") for all employees who come into contact with clients or colleagues.
Latvia introduces harsh lockdown
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins announced his intention to introduce a lockdown. The reason is that the vaccination process did not go well: 54% of the adult population are vaccinated.
Shops, restaurants, schools, and entertainment venues will be closed from October 21st. Only the most essential shops and services will remain open.
A curfew is also introduced from 20:00 to 05:00.
At the same time, restrictions on entry into the country are not introduced.
A new strain of the Delta strain has been discovered in Israel
In Israel, the first case of infection with the AY4.2 strain was detected in a child who returned from a trip abroad to Moldova. The virus was detected during a test that is underway at Ben Gurion Airport for all arriving in Israel.
AY4.2 is a subvariant of the Delta strain. Among European countries, this option prevails in the UK and Australia, it is also distributed in Russia. There is no data yet on how the properties of the new virus lineage differ in terms of the clinical course of the disease it causes from the original Delta strain.
Ukraine has a new record for the number of deaths
In Ukraine, over the past day, October 18, a record number of deaths were recorded for the entire time of the pandemic - 538 people died. Yesterday, 15 579 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded, 2 852 people were hospitalized, 7 776 people recovered.
In Ukraine, the "orange" quarantine zone has been expanded to include the Rivne region. Thus, there are now 14 regions and Kiev in this quarantine zone: Volyn region, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Lugansk, Lvov, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv, Rivne.
Now in the "red" quarantine zone with the most stringent restrictions are 5 regions: Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhya, Odesa, and Kherson.
After the start of the lockdown in cities, huge queues formed in front of vaccination points. And in Dnipro (9500), Zaporizhya (9156), and Mariupol over the past day, doctors have made a record number of vaccinations against coronavirus.
In Zaporizhya, about 500 additional beds were deployed to treat coronavirus patients, said Deputy Mayor Gennady Naumov, according to the press service of the mayor's office. According to him, despite this, the workload of hospitals in Zaporizhya remains at a high level.
The influx of people continues in clinics and hospitals. Queues line up from the office to the street, and people have to wait 5 hours in the morning. On October 18, near the Central Polyclinic No. 1 of the Khortytsya District, a huge number of people gathered in the morning for an appointment with family doctors. There is no possibility to make an appointment in advance, because there are no vacancies.