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Timeline of Ukraine’s response to coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11. The new virus has infected over 2.5 million people around the globe and has killed more than 171,000 people, as of April 21. 

Ukraine has had 6,126 confirmed cases, 161 deaths, and 367 recovered patients, as of April 21. 

  • A 14-day quarantine in a facility chosen by the government becomes mandatory for persons arriving from abroad. The policy is not new, but the government decree reiterates it;
  • Groups of no more than two people are allowed to be on the streets, with an exception for  accompanying children;
  • It is forbidden to spend time in parks, recreation areas and playgrounds;
  • Everyone must carry an ID document and wear face masks outside. 
  • In addition to the closure of the subway and trains, buses also stop running. 
  • Utility providers are banned from cutting gas and electricity during the quarantine
  • Bodies of the deceased have to be treated with chlorine-containing disinfectant and placed in an airtight (hermetic) sack; 
  • Bodies have to be buried or cremated in a closed coffin;
  • Relatives are allowed at the funeral, but no more than one person per 10 square meters standing at a distance of 1.5 meters from each other;
  • Local authorities must keep records of all persons attending the funeral. 
  • All buildings, sidewalks and street must be disinfected; 
  • Social services, civic and volunteer organizations have to provide help to vulnerable social groups. 
  • All public transport is restricted to essential personnel — medical workers, supermarket employers, etc. — starting March 23;
  • No more than one person per 10 square meters is allowed in supermarkets and pharmacies starting March 25; 
  • The government bans using playgrounds and sports grounds in parks and outside of apartment buildings starting March 21. 
  • A 200% salary bonus to medical workers involved in tackling the coronavirus;
  • The procurement procedure for purchases of medications and protective equipment;
  • Imports of medical goods are exempt from VAT and customs duties;
  • Tax deferrals for businesses and individual entrepreneurs; 
  • The government imposes control over prices on “socially important goods” such as medical masks, sanitizers;
  • Strengthened penalties for patients who violate obligatory isolation and intentionally infect people. The crime can be punished with a fine of Hr 17,000-51,000 ($610-1,830), up to six months of arrest and up to three years in prison. If breaking quarantine leads to another person’s infection and death, the person who infected them intentionally may be jailed for five to eight years.