The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumers’ Rights Protection has temporarily banned the import of domestic and wild animals from China to prevent the entry of coronavirus into Ukraine. “To minimize the risks of introduction of the pathogen Covid-19 into the territory of Ukraine, in accordance with Articles 33 and 96 of the law of Ukraine on veterinary medicine, taking into account the recommendations set out in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, the service temporarily prohibited the import to Ukraine from China of domestic animals (dogs, cats, etc.) and wild carnivores,” the press service of the agency said.
The agency also added that according to official information from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Hong Kong (China), a SARS-CoV-2 disease of an animal (dog) was recorded.
“The State Service for Food Safety and Consumers’ Rights Protection constantly monitors the situation with animal diseases in the world,” it said.
Cattle numbers in Ukraine as of June 1, 2019 amounted to 3.74 million animals, which is 4% less than on the same date in 2018, the State Statistics Service has reported. At the same time, the number of cows by this date decreased by 4.3%, to 1.93 million animals.
According to the State Statistics Service, in January-May 2019 the number of pigs remained unchanged compared with the same date in 2018, being 6.3 million animals, sheep and goats fell by 2.5%, to 1.6 million animals compared to the same period of 2018.
The number of poultry in the country compared with June 1, 2018 increased by 4.8%, reaching 234.6 million birds.