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Chief sanitary doctor: coronavirus wave may leave Ukraine by start of winter holidays

By the beginning of the winter holidays season, the wave of COVID-19 may leave Ukraine, chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Ihor Kuzin predicts.“By the New Year, the wave should already leave the territory of Ukraine. According to the forecasts that we use, the peak rates of morbidity and hospitalization are in mid-November. We have now almost crossed the peak of rates,” he said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.He said that the Ministry of Health, together with winter resorts, is developing a strategy for working during the winter holidays.“We have already started talking with winter resorts about the regime – how to ensure compliance with the requirements of anti-epidemic legislation. The joint position is that it is difficult to ensure control over vaccination certificates or PCR tests on chairlifts, so resorts offer some verification at the point of entry, for example, at the entrance to a hotel or at a sports equipment rental shop,” he said.Kuzin emphasized that the point is to ensure that winter resorts are safe, and there are no organizational or logistical obstacles for vaccinated people.

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HEALTH MINISTRY SAYS UKRAINE HAS 608 DEATHS FROM COVID DURING LAST 24 HOURS

Ukraine has registered 15,936 new cases of COVID-19 and 608 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said on Friday.”Over the past day, November 25, Ukraine has recorded 15,936 new cases of COVID-19, including 1,394 children and 303 medical workers, while 273,875 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19, among them 81,516 who received their first shot and 192,359 who have completed vaccination. In the past 24 hours, 3,208 persons have been hospitalized, 608 have died, and 24,569 have recovered,” the Health Ministry said on Telegram.Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ukraine has seen a total of 3,400,340 coronavirus infections, including 84,149 deaths.

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UKRAINE PUBLISHES AUDIT OF COVID FUND BY 2021 – MEMORANDUM WITH IMF

Ukraine, under the updated memorandum with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has undertaken to complete and publish an audit of the remaining portion of the funds of the Fund to Fight against COVID-19 spent by Ukravtodor by late 2021.”Complete and publish the audit of the remaining portion of the funds spent out of the COVID-related spending program by end-December 2021,” according to the document released by the IMF on Wednesday.This condition is one of the structural benchmarks of the Stand-By Arrangement.It is clarified that all 100% of the funds allocated for the fight against COVID-19 will not be subject to audit, since the costs of a comprehensive audit in this area by far would outweigh the benefit.”We will complete the audit of the remaining portion of the funds spent out of this budget program – mostly spent by the state road fund [UAH 13.3 billion] – by end-December 2021,” the document said.”While confidentiality agreements with suppliers may not allow for public disclosure of details on some spending, we are currently exploring options to make this possible,” it said.According to the memorandum, following the audit of the COVID-related spending, law enforcement agencies are already considering 212 cases.

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UKRAINE REGISTERS 29,044 RECOVERIES, 14,325 NEW CASES OF COVID AND 595 DEATHS IN PAST 24 HOURS

Ukraine has registered 14,325 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 29,044 recoveries and 595 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said on Wednesday. “Over 13 million people have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine! Since the beginning of vaccination for COVID-19, more than 23 million shots have been administered in Ukraine. Over the past day, November 23, Ukraine has recorded 14,325 new cases of COVID-19 (including 1,183 children and 287 medical workers), while 286,121 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19, among them 86,299 who received their first shot and 199,822 who have completed their vaccination. In the past 24 hours, 4,077 people have been hospitalized, 595 have died, and 29,044 have recovered,” the ministry said on Telegram.Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ukraine has seen a total of 3,367,461 coronavirus infections, including 2,825,641 recoveries and 82,913 deaths.As of this date, 13,000,634 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Ukraine, including 13,000,632 who have received the first shot and 10,225,182 who have been fully vaccinated. As many as 23,225,814 shots have been administered to date.

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HEALTH MINISTRY OF UKRAINE INVOLVES RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN COVID VACCINATION

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine is interested in attracting all concerned official religious communities in the vaccination campaign, First Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Oleksandr Komarida has said.”We see this as helping the state, citizens and parishioners. We take for granted all places that want to help people protect themselves,” said Komarida during the opening ceremony of a vaccination center in the capital’s Ar-Rahma mosque. As reported, the center will be open daily from 9:00 to 16:00. Anyone over 18 years of age can be vaccinated, as well as adolescents aged 12 and over if they have all routine vaccinations, according to the vaccination schedule.

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EXPERTS: PEOPLE WHO COME THROUGH COVID SHOULD NOT ‘INFLATE BALLOONS’

Experts from various fields of medicine made recommendations to patients with COVID-19 during a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Monday.
“First, try to be outdoors as much as possible, but on condition that the air temperature is not lower than -4 or -5 degrees. Second, try to do physical exercises, but mostly of an aerobic nature,” the head of the rehabilitation department of the Adonis network of medical clinics, Vadym Kerestey, recommends.

In addition, he commented on the currently popular recommendation for patients after COVID-19 to “inflate balloons.”
“It is categorically not recommended to inflate balloons. Training should be aimed not at exhalation, but at inhalation, in order to increase the vital capacity of the lungs and use as much lung tissue as possible to improve gas exchange,” Kerestey said.
In turn, the head of the department of nephrology of the Shupyk National Healthcare University of Ukraine, Dmytro Ivanov, recommended that patients after COVID-19 do basic diagnostic tests.
“Do a blood test, urine test, measure blood pressure after COVID-19. Assess whether you need a doctor at all in this situation, whether you feel comfortable, whether you need any help,” he said.
Natalya Yaschenko, the Associate Professor of the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the National Healthcare University of Ukraine, a cardiologist of the highest category, recommended physical, metered loads, control of blood pressure and eating behavior to those who had undergone COVID-19. At the same time, she emphasized that the reason for timely medical assistance can be an acute deterioration in the form of an increase or decrease in blood pressure, an increase or decrease in heart rate, progressive chest pain that does not decrease for several hours.

The obstetrician-gynecologist of the highest category, Volodymyr Terekhov, in turn, drew attention to the fact that “one of the signs of recovery for married couples is the desire to have a child.”
“If a married couple wants to fulfill their duty and give birth to a child, then this is an indicator that speaks of their recovery. To realize a basic function or reproduce – it is very important to do this after rehabilitation,” Terekhov said.
At the same time, the psychologist, psychoanalyst Olena Buts recommends dietology to patients: minerals, vitamins, coenzymes – what, according to her, increases immunity and brings happiness.

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