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Classes cancelled in three Kyiv schools due to flu

In 16 schools some students' groups do not attend classes temporarily; Kyiv city administration says there is no epidemic yet
14:30, 5 February 2018

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In Kyiv, the number of patients with influenza and URI is growing, but it is too early to speak about the epidemic. At the same time, the educational process has already been suspended in several schools. The first Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration Mykola Povoroznyk said this during the briefing on February 5, reports 112.ua.

"During the fifth week of the epidemic season, more than 21,000 people with influenza were registered, which shows the increase of the disease cases. At the same time, the morbidity rate is lower than the epidemic threshold by 36%. Therefore, there is no need to talk about the epidemics of flu in Kyiv, "he stressed.

According to him, children suffered the most - about 70% of the total number. 213 people were hospitalized in medical institutions, 137 of them are children.

27,000 people were vaccinated against influenza, among them - 6,500 children, he noted.

Related: 13 Kyivites infected with measles since early February

He also said that due to increase of sick children, Kyiv Administration made a decision to suspend the educational process,  - either to shut the school completely or to send home some groups.

"Today, we have completely stopped the educational process in three schools and in 16 schools in 119 groups," Povoroznyk said.

"We are not talk about quarantine, I emphasize. If the number of sick children exceeds 20% in school or in a separate class, then the school leadership together with the district health department makes decisions regarding the temporary restriction of the educational process," he said.

As it was reported earlier since the beginning of the month, 13 citizens fell ill with measles; ten of them are children. 71 percent of the patients were children at schools and kindergartens. 

Since the beginning of 2018, almost 3,000 Ukrainians were infected with measles. Three died, two of them were kids.

Related: Measles outbreak in Ukraine: 254 cases reported in Lviv region

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