The three regions of Ukraine are at risk of quarantine due to COVID-19, warns Kuzin
With the onset of cold weather, the incidence of COVID-19 has increased in Ukraine. In three regions, the number of patients has already crossed the epidemic threshold, and they face quarantine.
This was announced by the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine, Ihor Kuzin, during a telethon. According to him, restrictive anti-epidemic measures may be introduced in Chernivtsi, Ternopil, and Zhytomyr regions.
Kuzin noted that 14 strains of COVID-19 are currently circulating in Ukraine, and the incidence of coronavirus is growing every day. According to the country's chief sanitary officer, the number of COVID cases has increased by 20% in the last week alone, compared to the previous week.
"An average of 4,200 patients are hospitalized in Ukraine every week. Both resuscitation and fatal cases are registered. Over the past week, 56 people died of coronavirus infection, including one child," Ihor Kuzin cited sad statistics.
He stated that as of today, COVID-19 accounts for up to 35% of all cases. At the same time, children account for almost half of the recorded cases and hospitalizations with coronavirus.
The Chief Sanitary Doctor emphasized that the epidemic threshold was exceeded in the western and northern regions of the country.
"The epidemic threshold has been exceeded in three regions of Ukraine. These are the Ternopil, Zhytomyr, and Chernivtsi regions. The indicators there are already higher than the standard for this period. That is, these regions can already introduce certain restrictive anti-epidemic measures," Kuzin emphasized.
In total, more than a million people have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the flu season in Ukraine. Ihor Kuzin once again urges Ukrainians to get vaccinated.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, for the first time in Ukraine, a case of a new sub-variant of the Omicron coronavirus strain called Pyrola was laboratory-confirmed. A 20-year-old man fell ill with it in the Rivne region.
Those who frequent public places, such as work, shops, gyms, entertainment events, catering establishments, and public transportation, are most likely to get sick during the flu and SARS season. Since the virus is transmitted by airborne droplets, hand hygiene, distancing and avoiding touching mucous membranes with your hands will help prevent infection.