COVID-19 update (non-Government-controlled areas)
Local sources reportedly confirm 30,835 COVID-19 cases as of 19 March.
Total cases: 30,835 (5,509 active cases and 2,455 deaths).
Luhanska oblast (NGCA): 3,443 cases (285 active cases and 302 deaths). First case: 31 March 2020.
Donetska oblast (NGCA): 27,392 cases (5,224 active cases and 2,153 deaths). First case: 29 March 2020.
Overview of containment measures: Luhanska and Donetska oblast (NGCA) adopted quarantine measures similar to those in Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine at the end of March 2020. As part of easing quarantine restrictions, both NGCA oblasts lifted restrictions on travelling to the Russian Federation and partially lifted restrictions on travelling between Donetska and Luhanska oblasts (NGCA). Yet, only people with permanent residency in Donetska/Luhanska oblasts (NGCA) are allowed to cross between the two NGCAs to travel to their respective place of permanent residence. In Donetska oblast (NGCA), to enter NGCA, people also must be included in the pre-approved lists.
In early October, due to a growing number of COVID-19 and pneumonia cases, Luhanska oblast (NGCA) introduced a two-week observation in a medical facility for people arriving from countries with an unfavourable epidemiological situation (e.g., China, Italy, Spain, etc.), not including those travelling from the Russian Federation or Donetska oblast (NGCA). Alternatively, people arriving from the Russian Federation may provide a negative result of a PCR test conducted in the Russian Federation within three days prior to arrival.
During the holiday season (from 31 December 2020 to 10 January 2021), both Donetska and Luhanska oblasts (NGCA) lifted the curfew and eased some restrictions on entertainment facilities’ operation (e.g., theatres, cinemas, museums, ice rinks, etc.). Moreover, both NGCA oblasts permitted festivities for children without parents’ participation and subject to the implementation of COVID-19 preventive measures.
To curb the spread of the virus, in early October, both Luhanska and Donetska oblasts (NGCA) introduced remote learning modalities in higher educational facilities. Later, mixed learning modalities (regular and online classes) were extended to primary and secondary schools. Donetska oblast (NGCA) also extended e-learning modalities to vocational and professional training schools. From 31 December 2020 to 8 January 2021, schools were closed for a winter break and resumed studies using mixed learning modalities from 10 January.
In the meantime, only two of the five official crossing points allow people to cross the “contact line” (“Stanytsia Luhanska” in Luhanska oblast daily and “Novotroitske”/ “Olenivka” in Donetska oblast on Mondays and Fridays). To a large extent, crossings have been limited to those people who have been granted humanitarian exemptions negotiated by the humanitarian community. In addition, people have been allowed to cross based on the pre-approved lists issued in NGCA. For more information on the crossing measures enforced by relevant parties, please refer to the analysis on the crossing of the “contact line” below.