On March 12, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv will introduce a raft of measures seeking to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus. While Ukraine has only one confirmed coronavirus case so far, Ukrainian authorities have implemented preventative measures in case of a spike in coronavirus infections.
In Kyiv, educational facilities will be subject to restrictions – all public schools, universities, kindergartens, art and sports schools will be closed. They will instead function via distance learning. Authorities are also cancelling all concerts, and conferences in the capital, and closing recreational centers in shopping malls, as well as canceling movie showings at theaters. These restrictions are intended to last until the end of March, says Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klychko.
“The dynamic with which the coronavirus epidemic spreads presents a potential threat of causing an emergency situation in the capital. In order to prevent the possible spread of the disease, capital authorities have confirmed a plan with anti-epidemic measures,” stated the mayor.
Klychko has also addressed employers in the city, calling on them to consider changes to working schedules, especially for employees with children.
“I’ll note separately that public transport will for now work as normal. The entire rolling stock is treated with disinfectants twice a day,” said Klychko. He also asked capital residents not to panic, follow relevant medical advice, and to go to a doctor immediately if they feel ill.