President of Ukraine

President: The reduction in the number of coronavirus patients is the result of quarantine

6 April 2020 - 13:15

President: The reduction in the number of coronavirus patients is the result of quarantine

Over the past 24 hours, the percentage of new people infected with coronavirus in Ukraine has declined, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at a daily conference call of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with government officials involved in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Of 1319 recorded cases of coronavirus disease, 68 were detected in the last 24 hours. This is significantly less than in the previous days. Six people have died from severe chronic illnesses.

"The reduction in the number of new coronavirus patients is the result of quarantine. We could have had far greater incidence, like in European countries. Therefore, our measures were timely and correct,” the President stressed.

With the beginning of a total mask regime, this personal protective equipment is fully available online, as stated by Secretary of the Coordination Council on Combating the Spread of COVID-19 Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

The masks are delivered to pharmacies more slowly, and they are quickly bought up there.

“Ukraine now produces almost 900,000 masks a day. In addition, we are still importing. We are checking the delivery of masks to local pharmacies,” Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov noted.

In response, the President commissioned to gather information on the needs of all pharmacy chains and buy as many masks as they need with the help of state structures.

Additionally, the Head of State noted that no hospitals could be closed at this time.

«We get information about the closure of the children's regional department, the closure of the TB dispensaries. We cannot close hospitals or suspend funding during the coronavirus epidemic. It would be a cruel irresponsibility to Ukrainians,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The national police reported that during the quarantine period the number of crimes decreased significantly, the number of road accidents decreased by 63%.

Additionally, the President heard the report on the situation with product markets that have not ceased to operate in Ukraine. Today, some of them have uncontrolled crowds of people, which is a huge risk of the spread of coronavirus. The decision was made to tighten control over the product markets.

Additionally, Kyrylo Tymoshenko stressed that seven aircrafts are expected to arrive this week delivering special means to counter COVID-19.