Vaccination or test. New quarantine for transport

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Quarantine is tightened in Ukraine

From October 21, stricter quarantine rules will come into effect in Ukraine. They will concern inter-regional communication.

The Ukrainian government has tightened quarantine rules for passenger transport: from October 21, all passengers and drivers of interregional flights must be vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. We are talking about road, air and rail transport. Correspondent.net tells the details.

A new wave started earlier than expected

At a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on October 11, it was decided to tighten the rules for passenger traffic between areas where the yellow, orange or red level of epidemiology is in effect. They will be valid for the entire territory of Ukraine, since in all regions a yellow level is set within new quarantine rules from 23 September.

The new rule applies to any type of transport that carries out regular and irregular transportation. This refers to both bus routes and air and rail transport of interregional communication.

To travel you will need to have one of the following documents:

  • complete vaccination document for orange and red levels

  • document for receiving one dose of two-dose vaccine for the yellow level

  • international, domestic or foreign certificate of vaccination with a drug approved by WHO for use in emergency situations

  • negative PCR test or rapid test for the determination of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus antigen, valid for 72 hours

  • document on the postponed COVID-19 and recovery, confirmed using the Unified State Web Portal of Electronic Services, in particular using the Diya mobile application

The corresponding rules will not apply to urban and intraregional transportation.

The carrier is responsible for the availability of these documents for all drivers, aircraft crew members and passengers.

“The new rules for the carriage of passengers are a forced step to curb the spread of coronavirus disease in order to preserve the life and health of citizens,” said Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko.

The day before, Lyashko admitted that the current wave of coronavirus in Ukraine began earlier than predicted by the Ministry of Health. In an interview with Voice of America, he said that the incidence rates of COVID-19 are already close to those of the fall of 2020.

Now more than half of the regions of Ukraine correspond to the indicators of the orange zone of epidemiological danger. The orange level does not provide additional restrictions, but is signal of approaching the red zone.

The area automatically falls into the orange zone, for example, if there is a load of hospital beds with oxygen higher than the norm established by the Ministry of Health, an increase in the rate of detected cases of COVID-19 during testing to more than 20 percent, or if the number of hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 is twice as high as a week earlier.

Quarantine has already been strengthened in Odessa, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk regions, as well as in Lvov and Kherson.

In Ukraine, over the previous day, an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus was recorded – 11,996 new confirmed cases against 8,832 the day before.

Also, the Ministry of Health noted a sharp increase in mortality from infection. During the day, 352 Ukrainians died, which is 145 more than in the previous day. In total, there have been 59,052 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Kiev, 25 people have died from coronavirus – this is the largest number since May 12, when 29 patients died.

Last week, the Ministry of Health approved a list of organizations whose representatives are subject to mandatory vaccination against coronavirus.

According to the order, for the period of quarantine in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, employees are subject to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19:

  • central executive authorities and their territorial bodies

  • local state administrations and their structural divisions

  • institutions of higher, postgraduate, professional before higher, professional (vocational and technical), general secondary, including special, preschool, out-of-school education, institutions of specialized education and scientific institutions, regardless of the type and form of ownership

“Teachers and government officials interact with a large number of people every day, and therefore risk becoming infected. Almost everyone who is hospitalized with COVID-19 is not vaccinated. This decision is designed to protect the life and health of Ukrainians and their loved ones, creating a safe environment in educational institutions and institutions, “- said Lyashko.

The order comes into force one month after the date of its publication.

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