Ukraine – Interactive COVID-19
Published by Euromaidanpress, information as of 26 May 2020
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|COVID-19 cases, Ukraine: 26-05-2020|
|Total number of tests: 312,532; Data: Ministry of Health of Ukraine, renewed daily|
The first coronavirus case was registered in Ukraine on 3 March 2020 in Chernivtsi – a Ukrainian man who came from Italy by car was tested positive. Since then, cases in the country have been rising at quasi-exponential rates, with the epicenter of the epidemic being in Chernivetska Oblast.
Several sources of data are available for studying coronavirus in Ukraine:
- The Ukrainian Ministry of Health, updated daily. This data goes into our counter at the top of the page, as well at the top of our Tableau wiz;
- The John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science, also updated daily. This center accumulates coronavirus statistics for all the world countries;
- Ukraine’s Department of Regional Policy, which created a Tableau viz with detailed regional statistics of coronavirus infections.
- Analytical dashboards by Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers showing the situation in Ukraine’s hospitals and regional statistics.
- Analytical dashboards by Ukraine’s National Health Service also showing a detailed regional breakdown of cases and also counters of suspected and confirmed cases, as well as hospitalized and self-isolated patients. The raw data for this dashboard can be downloaded here;we use it to create the map of regional statistics in our Tableau wiz lower.
These sources of data may differ slightly between each other.
On 11 March, a quarantine was enforced, with education institutions being closed down. On 13 March, Ukraine saw its first coronavirus death, cut off international travel and sealed its borders for foreigners. Internal public transport has ceased as well. Public transport in Kyiv is restricted to essential categories of employees – medics, bank employees, supermarket workers, etc. Non-essential shopping, as well as all restaurants and recreation, have been shut down, and public gatherings with more than 10 participating prohibited, religious gatherings included. On 26 March, an emergency situation was introduced. On 1 April, stricter quarantine measures were introduced, making it illegal to:
- visit public areas without a mask or respirator;
- to move in groups more than two people, save for work necessity or to accompany a child;
- visit public areas for under-14s;
- visit parks, recreation areas, beaches, forested areas, except for one person to walk pets, except cases of work necessity;
- visit playgrounds and sports grounds;
- conduct all mass culture, recreation, sports, social, religious, advertising, and other events, in which more than 10 people take place, except measures necessary for the state or self-government organs to function, etc.
These restrictions were in place until 12 May. Afterward, Ukraine, like many countries, eased its lockdown amid growing resistance to the measures amid accusations of selected businesses getting preferential treatment despite quarantine measures while extending the quarantine till 25 May. The following venues were reopened:
- parks and recreation areas;
- beauty salons and barbershops;
- the majority of shops;
- restaurants will offer take-away;
- cafes and restaurants will offer outdoor seating;
- museums and libraries;
- professional sports teams will resume training in closed sports bases;
- servicing for home appliances;
- dentists, auditors, lawyers, notaries, etc.
On 22 May, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health issued guidelines to further ease the COVID-19 lockdown. The guidelines are to be applied on a regional basis based on the epidemic situation in the region: if infection rates in the last 7 days are below 12 people per 100,000 citizens, if bed occupancy in health facilities designated for hospitalization of patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases is less than 50%, and if the average number of PCR tests is over 12 per 100,000 citizens in the past seven days.
As of 24 May, eight Ukrainian regions did not meet these criteria: Volyn, Rivnenska, Lvivska, Zakarpatska, Chernivetska, Kyivska, Dnipropetrovska, Luhanska, and Donetska oblasts. The capital city of Kyiv got in with a squeeze.
As of 24 May, eight regions had not lifted their lockdown
The quarantine will be eased in phases. The following will be allowed once again:
Starting on May 22:
- All public transportation, intercity bus transportation, except metro systems and inter-regional transportation
- Hotels (excluding restaurants and gyms)
- Church services (no more than 1 person per 10m2)
- Sporting events without spectators (up to 50 participants)
Starting on May 25:
- Daycare centers
- Metro systems
Starting on June 1:
- Sports gyms and education facilities (group classes up to 10 people)
- Inter-regional rail travel
- Inter-regional bus transportation
Starting on June 10:
- Inside seating at restaurants and coffee shops
- Cultural institutions
- Cultural events (up to 1 person per 5m2)
Starting on June 15:
Mass events with more than 10 participants, shopping malls, marshrutkas, taking off masks in public places, theaters and movie theaters, more than 4 people sitting together in restaurant outdoor seating etc. are prohibited.
One must take the coronavirus statistics in Ukraine, however, with a grain of salt: there has been very little testing. With 312,532 tests carried out as of 26-05-2020 for Ukraine’s roughly 42-million population, this leaves the country with one of the lowest total testing rates in the world.
See more live coverage of Coronavirus in Ukraine at Ukraine World’s liveblog.
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