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26 août 2020 | 18h06 UTC

Ukraine: Authorities ban entry to all foreign nationals until September 28 /update 18

Ukraine Alerte de sécurité

Ukrainian authorities ban entry to all foreign nationals until September 28 amid COVID-19 pandemic; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/8/2020, 12h00 until 29/9/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Kiev). COUNTRY/REGION Ukraine

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Event

Ukraine authorities announced on Wednesday, August 26, that foreign nationals will be prohibited from entering the country until at least September 28 in an effort to further curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, lockdown measures in the country have also been extended until October 31 to contain the recent spike in virus cases.

Prime Minister Denys Shmygal further announced that the decision on whether or not to ban major public events in September has yet to be decided.  

As of August 26, health authorities have confirmed a total of 112,650 COVID-19 cases with 2398 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term .

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized. 

Advice

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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