COVID-19 update (non-Government-controlled areas)
Local sources reportedly confirm 46,903 COVID-19 cases as of 22 June 2021.
Total cases: 46,903 (3,721 active cases and 3,646 deaths).
Luhanska oblast (NGCA): 5,027 cases (164 active cases and 463 deaths). First case: 31 March 2020.
Donetska oblast (NGCA): 41,876 cases (3,557 active cases and 3,183 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. On 18 June 2021, the entities in control in the NGCAs of Donetska and Luhanska oblasts reportedly lifted the ban on travelling from the NGCA of Luhanska oblast to the NGCA of Donetska oblast for people without permanent residence in Donetska oblast (NGCA). 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 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 travelling from GCA may show the negative results of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test made not later than 72 hours before the crossing to cancel the mandatory self-quarantine.
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.
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.