COVID-19 update (Government-controlled areas)
Ministry of Health of Ukraine confirms 303,638 as of 19 October.
First case: 29 February 2020
Total cases: 303,638 (as of 19 October 2020)
Total deaths: 5,673
States affected: All 24 oblasts
Luhanska oblast (GCA): 2,467 confirmed cases (43 deaths)
Donetska oblast (GCA): 7,133 confirmed cases (77 deaths)
Borders/flights: Ukraine re-opened all crossing points with neighbouring countries (i.e., Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, and Slovakia), though some of them operate partially (only for pedestrian/vehicle crossing). Ukraine also resumed international and domestic passenger flights from 15 June 2020 and international bus services (with countries allowing entry/exit) from 17 June 2020.
A temporary ban on the entry of foreign nationals to Ukraine, which had been introduced at the end of August due to the epidemiological situation, ended on 28 September. Currently, to cross the border into Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons, with some exceptions, are required to provide proof of medical insurance that is valid in Ukraine for the duration of the stay that will provide coverage of costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19, as well as any necessary observation period. Furthermore, travellers from the ‘red zone’ countries are required to self-quarantine for two weeks unless they provide a negative PCR test result.
Containment measures: In mid-March, the Government of Ukraine imposed quarantine restrictions to minimize the risk of transmission across the country, including in the conflict-affected area of eastern Ukraine. In May, these restrictions began to ease based on the fulfillment of criteria adopted on both sides of the ‘contact line'. In the Government-controlled areas, the adaptive quarantine was introduced to counter the spread of the virus. Oblasts are divided into the ‘red/orange/yellow/green’ COVID-19 risk level regions based on two indicators (starting from 28 September): the COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy and COVID-19 incidence rate. The COVID-19 restrictive measures are implemented in cities and raions within oblasts in accordance with their risk levels.
Due to the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases, the Government of Ukraine strengthened COVID-19 preventative measures starting from 12 October. All schools are expected to be closed for a school break for two weeks until 30 October. In addition, vocational schools and higher education facilities are recommended to switch to online learning from 15 October to 15 November. The adaptive quarantine currently in place was extended on 13 October through at least the end of 2020.