Ukraine’s cabinet on Wednesday agreed to extend a nationwide quarantine until April 30 to contain COVID-19 infections.The country will from Feb. 24 reintroduce different zones according to infection risk levels, classified as green, yellow, orange, or red. The government has warned quarantine may be extended earlier this month, though it added that red zones would be determined by a separate vote.
As was the case in summer 2020, “four levels of epidemiological danger are envisaged, each of which has clear limitations and criteria,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a statement on the government’s website. “I want to dwell on that the decision will come into force next week, so all Ukrainians will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with it in advance.”
As of Feb. 18, there have been 6,237 officially confirmed new cases if COVID-19 infection (including 413 children and 276 healthcare workers), bringing the total number of active cases to 128,169, according to Ukraine’s Public Health Centre.