With regard to the new high in the number of COVID-19 coronavirus patients in 24 hours, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stressed the need to increase public awareness on combating the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine and calls on citizens to take personal safety measures.
During the traditional conference call, the Head of State said that on August 13, 1,732 confirmed coronavirus infections were found in people in Ukraine. Such figures and the number of hospitalized indicate that the country is on the verge of a second wave, so it is worth paying more attention to safety measures and quarantine rules.
"We must intensify the coronavirus spread awareness-raising campaign. It is necessary to convey to the population the importance of taking personal protection measures, compliance with the quarantine rules: reducing visits to crowded places, attending public events," the President said, addressing officials and governors.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak reported to the President that the ceasefire on the line of contact in the Joint Forces Operation area is observed. "There was no shelling," he said.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasized that yesterday the militants at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint, under cover of taking quarantine actions, again restricted the movement of the OSCE SMM observer mission, but at the same time at the Novotroitske checkpoint they allowed passing humanitarian cargo from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Chairman of the National Police of Ukraine Ihor Klymenko reported on the situation with the prevention of road congestion. He said that now in six regions of Ukraine the temperature exceeds 28˚С. In this heat, under the weight of trucks, the asphalt covering of roads collapses, so to save the roads, the police restrict the movement of heavy and oversized vehicles in these regions in the daytime.
The President called the situation with truck overloading unacceptable and called for urgent work to weigh these vehicles.
According to Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy, a tender has already been held, and by the end of the year 54 automatic Weigh-in-Motion systems will operate on all roads of Ukraine. The Minister of Infrastructure also said that the staff of the State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety is being reshuffled.