The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to introduce emergency throughout the country and to extend quarantine to April 24 due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The decision was made at a regular government meeting on March 25.
"We are continuing quarantine and introducing emergency in the state of Ukraine throughout the territory for 30 days until April 24, 2020," said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Accordingly, all quarantine restrictions are also extended for 30 days until April 24.
At the same time, the head of government said that if the country can defeat the coronavirus earlier, then the government "will make a separate decision at a Cabinet meeting."
The government has also appointed Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko as head of operations on the consequences of natural state-level medical and biological emergencies.
In addition to this decision, the Government decreed:
- to properly equip the entry-exit checkpoints in emergency zones with mandatory sanitary inspection of citizens and permission to pass only after medical examination of persons and disinfection of vehicles;
- to bring to work at these points the staff and technical means of the Ministry of Health, the National Police, the National Guard, the State Emergency Service, and the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection;
- all premises, roads and sidewalks must be thoroughly disinfected;
- to provide assistance to underprivileged people by involving social services, community and volunteer organizations in providing assistance.
Until now, this emergency regime was introduced in the regions where the cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection were recorded: Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernivtsi, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Donetsk, Ternopil, Cherkasy, and Zaporizhzhia regions, as well as the city of Kyiv.
Regional state administrations across Ukraine introduced a quarantine on March 12 until April 3, implementing the Cabinet of Ministers' decision to counter the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the latest data, 422,989 cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, 18,915 deaths and 108,578 cases of successful recovery have been officially reported worldwide.
As of the morning of March 25, 113 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus disease have been recorded in Ukraine: 38 cases were detected in the Chernivtsi region, 31 cases in Kyiv city, 22 cases in the Kyiv region, 5 cases in Ivano-Frankivsk region, 4 cases in Ternopil region, 2 each in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv and Zhytomyr regions, whilst Volyn, Donetsk, Luhansk, Odesa and Cherkasy regions reported 1 case each.
Currently, four deaths have been recorded - a 71-year-old woman in the Zhytomyr region, a 56-year-old woman in Ivano-Frankivsk, a 33-year-old woman in Chernivtsi, as well as a 68-year-old man from the Ternopil region. One person has made a successful recovery so far.