Ukraine's Healthcare Minister supports extension of lockdown after January 25

Source : 112 Ukraine

Maksym Stepanov explained that a lot of people celebrated winter holidays during mass events, and some of them traveled to visit their relatives, which could affect the rate of the spread of the disease
20:55, 12 January 2021


Ukraine's Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov upheld the idea to extend the lockdown in this country after January 25. Stepanov said so in the interview with Channel 24.

Stepanov explained that the boosted quarantine must be continued for several reasons. First of all, in January, a lot of Ukrainians joined mass events to celebrate the winter holidays. Besides, people traveled to visit their relatives.

"All these things can potentially affect the rate of incidence of those infected with Covid-19", said the Minister.

Stepanov also added that the annual increase of influenza incidence rate is observed in January. So, it is crucial to avoid the increase of this rate now.

Related: 800 free beds remain for Covid-19 patients in Kyiv hospitals, - Stepanov

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba claimed he would oppose the idea of us of Sputnik-V vaccine in Ukraine - even if the vaccine's efficiency was clinically proven. Kuleba said so in his interview with the 1+1 TV channel. 

"As a member of the government, I would reject such a decision. Because Russia doesn't care about the health of Ukrainians, it cares about forcing its own propagandist cliches and ideology via the supplies of the vaccine... even if it was efficient", he said. 

The official claimed that the very fact that this topic is being discussed is already a sign of the forced hybrid discussion about this vaccine. 

"I would like to put it clearly: propagandist capabilities of Sputnik-V considerably exceed its actual capacity and efficiency", he added.

Related: Tough lockdown in Ukraine necessary to reduce pressure on medical system during flu epidemic, - Stepanov


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