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Ukraine’s parliament creates National HQ to fight Covid-19 headed by Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The adopted bill also provides the mass testing of Ukrainian for coronavirus
13:41, 20 October 2020

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine created the National Headquarters for Combating Biological Threats, including coronavirus as 112 Ukraine TV channel reported.

Related: 385 new cases of Covid-19 in Kyiv over 24 hours

The document includes a number of important paragraphs:

  • to create an anti-virus headquarters headed by the president;
  • to conduct mass testing; 
  • to establish a contact phone line;
  • to re-profile hospitals into departments for the treatment of coronavirus;
  • to increase the capacity of laboratories.

The draft resolution proposes to create the required number of mobile teams, according to the regional distribution, in order to collect biological material from patients at the place of residence and transport it to the laboratory.

Related: Non-medical facilities to be prepared for Covid-19 patients in case of lack of beds

The establishment of a single all-Ukrainian multi-channel telephone line for Ukrainians with symptoms or coronavirus disease for free testing and emergency care is also envisaged.

Besides the creation of the National HQ, the bill also includes a paragraph about the mass testing of the Ukrainians for Covid-19.

The document also provides the development of the number of model projects toward the construction/re-profiling of the medical establishments into specialized hospitals for Covid-19 treatment and influence the increase of labs’ capacities.

Related: Almost 70% of hospital beds for Covid-19 treatment occupied in Ukraine

As of the morning of October 20, 309,107 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in Ukraine. 5,469 people have been diagnosed with the disease over the last 24 hours. In total, 5,786 people have died as a result of complications caused by coronavirus disease (+113 per day), but 129,533 (+3,044) patients have already recovered. The number of active cases is 173,788.

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