Ukraine’s parliament adopts anti-coronavirus law

Source : 112 Ukraine

The violation of the law will be punished by fines, arrest
12:43, 17 March 2020

Verkhovna Rada of 9th convocation, first session, August 31, 2019
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law, aiming for the prevention of Covid-19 spread. 344 MPs supported the decision as 112 Ukraine reported.

The law provides the administrative responsibility for the violation of the quarantine rule in the form of the fines in the sum from 17,000 up to 34,000 hryvnia ($637-1,274) and for officials in the sum of 34-170,000 hryvnia ($1,274-6,373).

The violation of the health standards and rules on the prevention of the infections diseases will be punished by the fines in the sum from 17,000 up to 51,000 hryvnia ($637-1,912) or arrest up to six months/ restriction of liberty or arrest up to three years/ restriction of liberty. If such actions lead to the death of a person or other serious consequences, the guilty will face from five up to eight years of the arrest.

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The law provides the population with the possibility to work remotely in terms of the quarantine or go on vacation. The document provides additional allowances for the medical staff and other employees who work on the liquidation of the coronavirus epidemic.

Moreover, the law provides the operational procurement of goods, work and services necessary for the liquidation and non-admission of the coronavirus epidemic through the negotiation procedure shortened up to one day.

It is banned to stop the provision of the housing services to the Ukrainians in the case of their non-payment and hold forcible expulsion from the accommodation during the quarantine and 30 days after its end.

The norms will act for three months after the publication of the law.

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As we reported, starting at midnight on March 17, Ukraine blocked all types of traffic across the state border as part of measures to combat the Covid-2019 epidemic.

Moreover, starting from 12:00 on March 18, Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) temporarily suspends the carriage of passengers by rail in all types of domestic traffic (suburban, urban, regional and distant).


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