On September 23, Ukraine to switch to "yellow" quarantine zone
A "yellow" level of epidemiological danger will be established in all regions of Ukraine from September 23.
This decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of the State Commission on Technogenic and Ecological Safety and Emergencies, chaired by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, Rubryka reports referring to the Government portal.
The State Commission heard a report by Minister of Health Viktor Liashko on the spread of COVID-19 acute respiratory disease in Ukraine and considered the introduction of a "yellow" level of epidemic danger in all regions of the country.
The Prime Minister noted that the epidemic situation in the country was rapidly deteriorating, so the duty of the state was to protect people's lives and health. He also stressed that vaccination was currently the most effective way to combat COVID-19, and the state had provided the opportunity for anyone to get vaccinated for free.
The Head of Government stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers, by amending the resolution in a certain way, also eased the restrictive measures and allowed economic and educational institutions to work even in the "red" zone, but under certain conditions.
"Restrictions on the 'yellow' and 'red' zones will not apply to those facilities where staff and visitors are vaccinated, have a negative test or confirmation of a recent illness. It's the method successfully used by several European and world countries to protect people and at the same time not to stop the economic activity of the country," said the Prime Minister.
Following the meeting, the State Commission for Energy and Emergency Situations decided:
- to set a "yellow" level of epidemic danger of COVID-19 spread in all regions of Ukraine from 00 hours 00 minutes on September 23, 2021;
- to apply restrictive anti-epidemic measures provided for the "yellow" level of epidemic danger in all regions of Ukraine;
- for heads of regional and Kyiv state administrations to take measures to ensure compliance with the relevant restrictive anti-epidemic measures provided for the appropriate level of epidemic danger of the spread of COVID-19.
The participants of the meeting also raised the issue of vaccination coverage of the population, in particular teachers and employees of educational institutions. Denys Shmyhal noted that compared to last year, the incidence of COVID-19 among children was growing.
Taking into account the discussion, the State Commission instructed the heads of regional and Kyiv city state administrations to take measures to:
- involve teachers and employees of educational institutions in the process of vaccination, the possibilities of existing vaccination points in educational institutions;
- ensure the possibility and organization of vaccination, including teachers and employees of educational institutions through mobile vaccination sessions in the absence of permanent vaccination facilities in educational institutions;
- inform and proactively invite to vaccination not only teachers and employees of educational institutions but also their relatives and relatives of students to existing vaccination points in educational institutions and during mobile vaccination sessions.