Ukraine not to abolish strict quarantine in January

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KIEV, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov said on Monday that despite the decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the ministry does not recommend the abolition or postponement of the strict quarantine from Jan. 8 to Jan. 24.

"The introduction of strict quarantine from Jan. 8 to Jan. 24 is necessary to unload the medical system. In addition to the projected increase in the number of COVID-19 cases after the New Year holidays, we also see a seasonal increase in influenza starting in late January and February... Therefore, it is essential for us to approach this stage with a minimum number of COVID-19 patients so that our medical system works," said Stepanov.

Stepanov stressed that a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases is the result of anti-epidemic measures introduced in Ukraine, including the "weekend" quarantine.

However, the number might go up due to the constant violation of these rules during New Year's celebration, he said.

According to the ministry, a total of 1,030,374 COVID-19 cases and 17,849 deaths have been reported in Ukraine as of Monday, while 665,729 patients have recovered. Enditem

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