The Kiev authorities have decided to impose strict restrictions in the city for three weeks – from March 20 to April 9. This was announced by Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko at a briefing on Thursday, March 18.
“In order to halt the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the city’s emergency commission introduces strict quarantine restrictions from 00:00 on March 20, that is, on the night of Friday to Saturday,” Klitschko said. The briefing was broadcast on his Facebook page.
So, for three weeks cinemas, theaters, museums and shopping centers will be closed. In addition, public events will be prohibited.
Cafes and restaurants will be allowed to work only with take-out, said the mayor.
On March 16, Klitschko asked the Ukrainian government to expand the list of anti-epidemiological restrictions that apply in the orange zone, including in the capital.
The mayor noted that the number of coronavirus patients and hospitalized in the city over the past week and a half has almost doubled.
On March 15, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said at a meeting with President Vladimir Zelensky that due to an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in the country, almost half of the beds in intensive care units of Ukrainian hospitals are occupied.
In addition, in early March, Shmygal said that the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic began in the country. He recalled the worldwide shortage of vaccines and called on Ukrainians to be conscientious and comply with anti-epidemic measures.