Quarantine in Ukraine: returning to "zones" and whether there will be a spring lockdown

In Ukraine, the issue of returning to adaptive quarantine may be resolved. Photo: UNIAN

In Ukraine, the issue of returning to adaptive quarantine may be resolved. Photo: UNIAN

Depending on the situation in the regions, the issue of adaptive quarantine in Ukraine may be revised, said the Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov to the TV channel Ukraine 24.

"Our strategy is that now we are returning to the regime that was in effect before January 8th. Then for about 7-10 days we are looking at the situation in the regions and whether it is worth moving on to adaptive quarantine in different regions depending on the epidemic situation," he said and added that the strategy of the Ministry of Health was to return to the quarantine regime, that was in effect until January 8, on January 25, 2021.

At the same time, Stepanov is confident that Ukraine will not have to resort to a spring lockdown. After the two-week winter lockdown, it is sufficient to resort to a relatively mild quarantine.

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"Now we live under general quarantine restrictions. During this week we will analyze the situation. Including in the context of regions—what is the epidemiological situation in every region. We want to return to adaptive quarantine. But in order to return to it, for it to be effective, we need to analyze how the situation differs in one region and in another," Stepanov said at a briefing on January 25, 2021.

Context. The Cabinet of Ministers introduced a lockdown from January 8 to 24, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health, after the lockdown, the coronavirus incidence in Ukraine has stabilized. From January 25, the restrictions of the "orange" quarantine zone will return, and only then adaptive restrictions will be introduced.

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