On Monday, June 1, Ukrainian authorities announced that intercity travel on trains and buses has resumed amid easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. In an announcement, Ukrzaliznytsia, the state-owned railroad company relaunched service on 35 intercity connections from Kyiv to many of the country's major cities. Inter-oblast busses have also resumed in the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing and the wearing of masks and gloves as well as temperature screenings will be mandatory at many train stations and bus depots.
Previously, on Saturday, May 30, authorities announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions at shopping malls in Kyiv. The reopening of outdoor cafes, beauty salons, dental clinics, museums, and takeaway services has also been permitted. Additionally, parks and recreational areas have been reopened, and groups of up to eight people are allowed to gather in these areas. Food courts and cinemas remain closed.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal also announced on May 30 that international and domestic flight operations will resume no earlier than June 15. Kyiv reopened its subway system on Monday, May 25.
As of June 1, health authorities have confirmed 24,012 COVID-19 cases and 718 associated deaths in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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