Ukrainian capital tightens lockdown measures as new COVID-19 cases rise

KIEV -Residents of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv will be required to present vaccination certificates to use restaurants, gyms and public transport from Monday, city authorities announced on Thursday after the country reported a new daily record covid-19 cases.

The Health Ministry said Ukraine recorded a record 26,071 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, surpassing the previous record of 23,785 on October 22. Ministry data also showed 576 new coronavirus-related deaths.

“Ukraine is at the highest level for the whole pandemic for each of the indicators – the number of new daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said during a briefing. television press.

The number of pandemic infections in Ukraine stands at 2.85 million, with 66,204 deaths.

Ukraine’s capital will tighten restrictions due to a spike in coronavirus cases, Mayor Vitali Klitschko told a televised briefing.

“We are imposing these severe restrictions because there are no other options to save people’s health and lives, to prevent the collapse of the medical system, which may not be able to withstand such a influx of patients,” Klitschko said.

A government commission on Thursday declared Kyiv a “red zone” area, a designation that carries the toughest restrictions. From November 1, restaurants, gyms, shops and entertainment venues will only be allowed to operate if all staff are vaccinated.

It is also prohibited for these establishments to accept visitors who do not have vaccination certificates or covid-19 proofs. A negative test or a vaccination certificate will also be mandatory to use public transport.

The government has already made vaccination compulsory for some state employees.

The new rules have prompted more people to get vaccinated, but have also made more of an incentive for those who don’t want vaccines to get fake ones.

Christi C. Elwood