Cyprus has become the first EU country that retained the possibility of entry for Ukrainian citizens, Croatia and Estonia did not close the borders for Ukrainians, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. “Good news. Cyprus has become the first EU country to retain entry for Ukrainians. Conditions: full vaccination or negative test results (before and upon arrival),” Kuleba wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday.The minister stressed that the Foreign Ministry is working with partners to preserve freedom of travel for Ukrainians.Vaccines that are recognized by the Cypriot side: Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Vaxzervia Vaccine (AstraZeneca), Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, Moderna Vaccine, Sputnik (Gam-COVID-Vac) Vaccine, Sinopharm (BBIBPCOVID-19) Vaccine, Sinovac “(CoronaVac) Vaccine AstraZeneca-Covishield AstraZeneca-SKBio.Later, Kuleba said that Estonia also remained open to Ukrainian citizens vaccinated against coronavirus.“The second EU country, Estonia, did not close the borders for Ukrainians either. We have retained all travel opportunities for citizens who have undergone full vaccination,” the Foreign Minister wrote.According to consular information, it is allowed to enter Estonia from Ukraine for any purpose for persons who have completed a full course of vaccination with: Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer), AztraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covis against COVID-19.All third-country nationals who are not on the “green list” (Ukraine is on the “red list”) and those who have not completed a full course of vaccination and who arrive in Estonia for work, training or on the basis of a special permit, must do PCR test 72 hours before entry or a rapid antibody test 48 hours in advance. Such persons are also subject to 10 days of self-isolation.Also, as the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Croatia remained open for the travel of Ukrainians.“More good news. Croatia remains open to travel for Ukrainians under the same conditions as before. The Foreign Ministry continues to work with partners in EU countries to preserve the freedom of travel of our citizens,” Kuleba wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday. All conditions of entry are available on the website of the Consular Service of Ukraine at: https://tripadvisor.mfa.gov.
Ukraine has registered 23,283 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 16,277 recoveries and 816 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.“Over the past day, November 9, Ukraine has recorded 23,283 new cases of COVID-19 (including 1,539 children and 529 medical workers), while 267,401 people have received a coronavirus vaccine, among them 150,663 persons who received the first shot and 116,738 who completed their vaccination. In the past 24 hours, 5,696 persons were hospitalized, 816 died, and 16,277 recovered,” the ministry said on Telegram. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine has seen a total of 3,130,772 coronavirus infections, including 2,553,842 recoveries and 74,206 deaths. As of this day, 11,697,386 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19, including 11,697,384 who have received the first shot and 8,154.792 who have completed their vaccination (among them two persons who received the first shot abroad). A total of 19,852,176 shots have been administered to date.
The statistics on COVID-19 incidence gives no reason to hope that Ukraine will remain in the green zone for the European Union, Head of the Parliament Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutsky says.
“Ukraine is already in the red zone for the United States and Switzerland. The EU has given a delay of one week, most likely the EU will place us in the red zone. Unfortunately, statistics does not give us hope that we will remain in the green zone,” he said on the sidelines of Savik Shuster’s Freedom of Speech (Svoboda Slova) talk show on Friday night.
“We will wait for the next meeting of the European Commission,” Radutsky said.
Analysis of data from the e-health system (E-Health) will identify opponents of vaccination against COVID-19 among family doctors, Health Minister Viktor Liashko said.
“Regarding the doctors who discourage being vaccinated against COVID-19, and there are such, we will quickly identify them. The electronic health system will allow us to do this. With a greater increase in vaccination coverage, we will have low vaccination rates among those family doctors who do not trust the vaccine for some reason. We will have another conversation with them,” he said during an hour of questions to the government in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday.
Education workers, unvaccinated from COVID-19 until November, will be suspended from work, the Ministry of Health quoted its Minister Viktor Liashko as saying.
“Teachers are included in the list of professions whose representatives must be vaccinated for full-fledged work. If education workers are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by November, they will be suspended from work for a period of quarantine without pay,” the Ministry of Health said.
“Vaccination for teachers is an opportunity not only to continue to work and provide high-quality knowledge to students. First of all, it is about protecting their lives and health, the safety of children,” the minister stressed.
As reported, the Ministry of Health, by its order No. 2153 of October 4, approved the list of organizations whose representatives are subject to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky calls on the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy to intensify an information campaign on the importance of vaccinating citizens against coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
According to the presidential press service, Zelensky made a statement during a conference call on countering the pandemic on Monday.
“All resources, available methods and sources must convey to various segments of the population about importance of protection against COVID-19. People who are vaccinated not only protect themselves from a severe course in case of illness, but they protect the environment, in particular their family members,” Zelensky said.
It is noted that during the meeting, the Health Ministry along with the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy was separately instructed to launch a campaign to vaccinate pensioners and also strengthen the information direction.
“Now in Ukraine, out of 11 million pensioners, about 25% are vaccinated. Volodymyr Zelensky suggested considering the possibility of involving business representatives to the aforementioned information campaign of Ukrposhta,” the press service said.
The special attention during the meeting was paid to the issue of combating the counterfeiting of certificates of negative PCR tests and certificates of vaccination. According to Chief of the National Police Ihor Klymenko, some 13 searches were carried out over the past week, some 12 criminal proceedings were initiated.
There is already the first court decision on the recovery of a fine in the amount of UAH 34,000 from a doctor from Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region and deprivation of the right to work in the specialty for one year.
In addition, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said the number of Ukrainians with COVID-19 continues to grow, in particular, some 64,606 COVID-19 cases were registered in the previous week, which is almost 20,000 more than a week earlier.
“To date, the dynamics of the development of the disease completely coincides with the previous peak of morbidity. Despite the fact that the growth of sick and hospitalized patients has slowed down somewhat, as of now, 22,500 beds are already occupied by people with confirmed COVID-19 and with suspicion,” the head of the government said.
He said that slightly less than 50% of the available places for COVID-19 patients are already occupied in Ukraine, but there are areas where the situation is of concern. According to the analysis of the Health Ministry, there are more infected in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv and Odesa regions. In total, there are 138,500 active patients in Ukraine today.
“The head of state has set the government the task of ensuring in the near future an increase in the number of beds in regions where there is a rapid increase in the incidence of coronavirus,” the office said.