Only a strict monthly lockdown might stabilize the situation with coronavirus in Ukraine as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Head of the Center of Health Economy of the Kyiv School of Economy Pavlo Kovtonyuk.
“Our analysis shows that the most strict quarantine restrictions are required in Ukraine today. We talk about this not because we are fans of restrictions, but our data shows there is no other way to stabilize the situation. The weekend quarantine is not the way that might stabilize the situation,” Kovtonyuk said.
According to him, strict quarantine restrictions should be introduced for a month. In a month, it is necessary to consider whether or not each region has reached the ratings of four indicators that show control over the growth of the incidence.
The indicators are the level of incidence, testing capacity, occupancy factor of the hospitals and dynamics of the incidence growth.
The level of incidence per 100,000 of the population during the past 14 days should make up to 150 cases of infection, and it makes 4,000 cases per day in Ukraine.
The testing capacity per 100,000 of the population during the past week should make over 1,500 or 80,000 tests per day in Ukraine. The occupancy factor of the hospitals with Covid-19 patients should make less than 50%.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov stated that the country should immediately introduce a lockdown for a period of three-four weeks.
15,331 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Ukraine throughout one day, which is a new record for Covid-19 daily morbidity. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Ukraine, 677,189 people have been infected with Covid-19, 317,395 (+9,617 per day) have recovered, and 11,717 (+225) have died.