In Uman, the first cases of coronavirus infection were recorded among Hasidic pilgrims who came to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. The mayor Iryna Pletnyova reported about it in the comment to Ukraine 24 channel.
Some Hasids are in isolation, according to the mayor of Uman. Last week, two pilgrims were deployed back to Israel.
Pletnyova states that, according to official data, 27 157 Hasids have arrived in Uman as of September 6. Earlier it was expected that about 50 thousand pilgrims would come to celebrate the Jewish New Year.
In addition, the mayor complained that Israeli tourists are "reluctant" to pay the tourist tax, which, in particular, should be aimed at cleaning the city.
“Indeed, some funds went to the city budget, but these are not the funds we were counting on. In addition, much more money is spent on cleaning the area that receives tourists than received on the budget. And the tourist tax includes not only cleaning the area, and development of the given territory. Therefore we can't tell that the city earns on pilgrims,” - she added.
We will remind, this year the mass celebration of the Jewish New Year falls on September 6-8.
As it was reported earlier, over 600 police officers and more than 200 members of the National Guard have already arrived in Uman to ensure public order and security. Israeli law enforcement officers also arrived in the city. As of September 5, almost 23 000 Hasidic pilgrims arrived in Uman, including 1 730 children. Between September 1 and 4, the police received 22 reports of events related to the stay of Hasidic pilgrims in Ukraine.