President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commissioned the Cabinet of Ministers to carry out a detailed communication with the public as soon as possible regarding quarantine restrictions imposed for the period from January 8 to 24.
The President said this at a traditional meeting on the prevention of COVID-19, which was attended by government officials, law enforcement officials and members of the National Security and Defense Council.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal spoke in detail about the situation with the infection and the state of affairs in the medical sphere. He stressed that due to improvements in the medical sector and an increase in the number of beds with access to oxygen, the mortality rate in Ukraine is only 1.8%, while in the world this figure is 2.14%.
He also said that restrictions in Ukraine are much milder than lockdowns in European countries, in particular, many countries have imposed curfew, and strict lockdown lasts much longer than two or three weeks and is being constantly continued.
In addition, the head of government stressed that transport works in Ukraine, kiosks are allowed, food and household chemicals are being sold. According to him, with quarantine restrictions in European countries, products of other groups, including hygiene products, household chemicals, clothes, etc., cannot be on the shelves of grocery stores.
"The current quarantine was developed on the basis of the weekend quarantine, which we passed in December and which resulted in a serious reduction in infections. We allowed everyone to work on holidays, all entrepreneurs had an opportunity to earn. All sanitary and epidemiological services, the Ministry of Health and world experience show that after holidays there is an increase in infections, so now the introduction of stricter quarantine standards is a very good decision, which will allow us to avoid a disaster," Denys Shmyhal noted.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the government to make a detailed presentation of all the restrictions as soon as possible to help businesses understand how they can work, as well as to avoid misunderstandings between the government and the people.