Ukraine is preparing for the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the press service of President Volodymyr Zelensky&# 160;
KIEV – Ukrainian capital – Kiev and thirteen regions are not ready for a new stage of quarantine easing. This is stated in the indicators of the epidemiological situation in the country as of June 30, according to the website of the Ministry of Health..
“The transition of regions to the next stage of quarantine, which provides for the weakening of quarantine, is possible provided that the epidemiological situation in the region meets certain criteria,” the message says..
According to official data, the following are not ready to weaken quarantine from 24 Ukrainian regions: Volyn, Donetsk, Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kiev, Lugansk, Lvov, Odessa, Rivne, Kharkov, Khmelnitsky, Chernivtsi, Chernigov regions and the city of Kiev. Data for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are not provided.
At a conference call to prevent the spread of coronavirus, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the dynamics of coronavirus diseases in the country and announced the need to prepare for the second wave of the pandemic.
“In Transcarpathia, more than seventy percent of the beds of medical institutions that were preparing for the first wave of the epidemic are occupied by patients. With such dynamics, we need to prepare for the second wave. I still hope that we can avoid the worst-case scenario. But medicine must be ready for anything, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on June 30, his press service reported on June 30..
The website of the leader of the state emphasizes that the government is preparing hospitals for the second wave of the epidemic: now there are beds for almost thirty thousand patients, ventilators are used a little, they are in sufficient quantity.
According to the office of the President of Ukraine on Facebook, First Lady Olena Zelenskaya continues treatment for COVID-19 and the bilateral polysegmental pneumonia caused by it in the inpatient department of the Kiev hospital..
“The first lady is feeling better and is gradually recovering, but she is still on antibiotic therapy and is in isolation under the supervision of doctors,” the report said on June 30..
According to the Ministry of Health, in Ukraine on June 30, 57.4 active cases of the disease were recorded per hundred thousand of the population. In neighboring Poland – 30.8, Belarus – 165.9, Russia – 154.8 active cases of COVID-19 disease per one hundred thousand population.
Coronavirus – tests, carelessness and illness
Managing Partner of the National Anti-Crisis Group Taras Zagorodny believes that the explosive increase in new cases of the disease is due to the weakening of quarantine, more testing and the carelessness of ordinary Ukrainians.
“The state does not have the ability to financially provide people and people choose one of two things – between, figuratively speaking, a possible death from hunger, and between a possible death from coronavirus,” – Taras Zagorodny tells the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
Ukrainians, he said, are also too relaxed about the coronavirus – many take to the streets without masks and gloves..
“It’s like a trend – a new stage in the weakening of quarantine, which means you can stop wearing masks and gloves. Many people think that the virus is probably gone. Unfortunately, carelessness will cost the country dearly – hospitals are overcrowded, and one of the questions now is who and how carries this disease, including those who have asymptomatic symptoms, ”notes Taras Zagorodny.
International statistics of the disease indicate the danger of coronavirus, the need to adhere to quarantine safety standards and social distancing, the political consultant notes.
“This is a disease, it is not invented, it exists,” emphasizes Taras Zagorodny.
Problems are not only Ukrainian
Economist Boris Kushniruk calls the model of the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine erroneous. He believes that the prevention of a pandemic should not paralyze the country’s economy.
“As the events of the last three months show, we were not ready for a pandemic, and at the same time we crashed the economy. But for the sake of truth, this is not only a Ukrainian problem, but a global one, ”says Boris Kushniruk to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
He believes that the increase in disease rates in Ukraine is the result of an increase in testing..
“In fact, both the second and third waves of coronavirus are predicted worldwide. And today the coronavirus is developing according to its own algorithm, which cannot yet be understood. In Ukraine, the number of tests and the number of cases is increasing, but these are not those who are in the active phase, but the so-called asymptomatic, although it is not entirely clear to me what asymptomatic patients are. There is no other way for a respiratory disease, except for airborne droplets, if a person does not sneeze or cough, then it is not clear how this virus is transmitted, ”says Boris Kushniruk.
According to him, quarantine restrictions common to all can lead to a “terrible” economic situation..
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“The government program is a ninety-page document, it contains the right things that are not directly related to the coronavirus crisis. But how to find a way out of the economic crisis? There are no answers. The authorities took the wrong path when they began to build up public debts and invest them in the construction of roads. Highways do not give an obvious return, especially when it is debts to foreign currency, ”emphasizes Boris Kushniruk.
He also believes that systemic reforms are needed in the energy sector of Ukraine..