Lockdown in Ukraine till January 24 | Daily News

Lockdown in Ukraine till January 24

Ukraine enters a 17-day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The lockdown measures include the closure of restaurants, stores that don’t sell groceries, cinemas, gyms and fitness centers. The measures will last through Jan. 24.

The measures were announced well in advance, allowing Ukrainians to prepare.

In early December, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that a strict quarantine would come into force after the winter holidays. Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7.

The measures are set to curb the possible increase of new infections after mass gatherings on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve. As of Jan. 8, over 1 million people in Ukraine have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic; about 7,000 new cases are reported daily.

The government’s decision to enact restrictions fell in line with a global trend to impose strict lockdowns in January. (Foreign Agencies)