Adaptive or Local Quarantine – our reality. It seems long …
6/20/2020 8:50 AM
The daily growth of new patients with COVID-19 approaches 1000 … Not only here. Ukraine therefore returns to a tightening of restrictions. It is not the last time
Adaptive quarantine in Ukraine was extended by the government until the end of July. But it is already clear that despite the jump in coronavirus infection, we will live in such an adaptive mode for more than a month, even a year. At the same time, there is no question of reverting to total quarantine around the world, as the foreclosure has dealt a huge blow to the global economy. For example, in April, due to a pandemic in Europe, industrial production fell to its lowest level in 25 years. Compared with April last year, the fall in production was 28% in the euro area and 27.2% in the EU as a whole. According to US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, the order to close businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 has had extremely negative consequences for the country’s economy. These measures resulted in tens of millions of cuts and the unemployment rate in May reached 13.3%.
Donald Trump on Fox News said: “We will not close the country anymore, we will not have to do it.” Therefore, now other countries are following a path similar to Ukraine – in case of new outbreaks, restrictive measures are applied locally. This seems to be the only way to survive the crisis before an effective vaccine is released.
Further on what awaits us in the coming months with examples.
Example: how restrictions were further tightened in the three western regions of Ukraine
The term “adaptive quarantine” became familiar to us in just a few weeks. What is that? In fact, it is a peculiar way of life of the country, which provides that in the event of an aggravation of the epidemiological situation in a certain region, the restrictions will only increase there, and not in the whole country. And vice versa, if the situation with the incidence improves somewhere – this is where the restrictions are removed. The prohibitions can be reinforced by:
- metro work and passenger transport in all types of communications;
- sporting, cultural, religious and other public events;
- the activities of institutions providing accommodation services;
- visit preschools;
- the work of cultural institutions, fitness centers and gymnasiums;
- activity of the institutions.
According to Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, adaptive quarantine is Ukraine’s expertise, and no one has used this type of quarantine anywhere. Adaptive quarantine was introduced in Ukraine from May 22 and was scheduled to operate until June 22, but given the sharp increase in the incidence rate after the weakening of restrictive measures, the government extended it until at the end of July.
Adaptive quarantine is Ukraine’s know-how
Meanwhile, some regions are already experiencing new features of life during the “long-lived” epidemic. For example, in Ivano-Frankivsk, on June 15, it was decided to increase the quarantine due to an increase in the number of patients with coronavirus (13.45 instead of the standard – 12 per 100,000 inhabitants) . At a meeting of the regional commission on environmental technological security and emergencies on June 15, they decided to suspend the work of physical education and sports establishments, gymnasiums and fitness centers ; suspend the work of cultural institutions and cultural events; halve the maximum number of believers in religious institutions – a maximum of one person per 10 square meters. m (it was – from 5 m²). Admittedly, on June 17, the commission lifted the ban on the operation of gymnasiums and fitness centers.
On June 18, residents of Transcarpathia were also informed of the strengthening of the quarantine (there, the number of new cases of СОVID-19 in the last 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants was up to 32.07), where the regional commission has decided to close kindergartens, swimming pools, fitness centers and entertainment facilities. , prohibited restoration work in confined spaces. In addition, weddings and commemorations with more than 10 people on the premises, mass cultural and recreational events with more than 20 people and regular interregional transport of travelers by road are not allowed. In addition, work on the Abransky Pass control post (M-06 Kiev-Chop highway) with temperature control entering the region will be resumed.
On June 17, they also increased quarantine in the Ternopil region (incidence – 17.98 per 100,000), where mass events were prohibited (except UPR and activities related to critical infrastructure) in catering establishments, customers were allowed to stay up to two hours in accordance with anti-epidemic measures; The managers of the shopping and entertainment centers and the markets were required to ensure the demarcation of the flow of visitors (separate entrance, separate exit), to carry out a compulsory temperature control and to restore remote marking for visitors. Since June 18, check the city’s public transport, markets, shopping and entertainment centers daily to see how the restrictive measures are being enforced.
Well, it seems that we all have to get used to such quig zigzags: less incidence – less restrictions, and vice versa. Until the implementation of simple anti-epidemic measures – wearing masks, keeping a distance and regular hand disinfection will not be so easy for us to respect that we will not have to increase quarantine.
Around the world, our “adaptive” quarantine is called “local”
Although in other countries, adaptive quarantine does not exist, but due to an increase in the number of patients (also due to non-compliance with safety rules), in certain regions, after the relaxation of restrictions , the so-called “local” quarantine is again introduced. For example, recently in Beijing, China, quarantine measures have been tightened due to the new outbreak of COVID-19 (on the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing).
Beijing increases quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreak in Xinfadi wholesale market
There are 29 administrative districts out of more than 270 in the territory subordinated to the city. All entrances and exits are under 24 hour security. All those arriving or leaving are subject to strict controls. Also in Beijing, lessons in schools have been suspended and transferred to distance education, reports Radio Liberty. Businesses and institutions can operate, but the government encourages the introduction of flexible work arrangements and the shift to remote work. On June 16, 27 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Beijing, several million dollars, and 106 in the previous five days.
Local quarantines have also been introduced in a number of European countries, reports “European Truth”. In Germany, the county of Gutersloh in North Rhine-Westphalia has announced the closure of schools and kindergartens after a local epidemic that started in a local factory. Schools will be closed until the summer break on June 29.
In northern Greece, all residents of the Echino community of Xanthi were sentenced to strict quarantine for seven days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the past few days, 73 new cases and four deaths have been recorded in the region.
On June 18, we learned about the strengthening of quarantine in Azerbaijan. In the regions of Baku, Ganja, Sumgait, Lenkoran, Yevlakh, Masalli, Jalilabad and Absheron, a very strict quarantine regime is generally introduced from June 21 to July 5. “During this 14-day period, city dwellers will only be able to leave their apartment on the basis of SMS and special permits,” said Leyla Abdullayeva, spokesperson for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry. In these cities, the activities of shopping centers will be prohibited, catering establishments can only work take-out, the work of beauty salons, hairdressers, museums is suspended.
Azerbaijan quarantined for two weeks / Photo Trend News Agency
However, in each country these problems are solved in their own way. It depends a lot on the personality of the leader. Despite a record increase in incidence in several states in the southern United States (Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Oklahoma) and an outbreak of new infections in 23 states, the The White House does not consider the threat of the second wave to be extreme. In an interview with Gray TV, President Donald Trump said that “the virus is disappearing,” reports Voice of America.
So it seems that nobody is talking about strengthening quarantine measures in this country. Only the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has issued a decree on the compulsory wearing of masks in all closed spaces outside of accommodation, except restaurants, because in recent days, there has been a significant increase cases of coronavirus infection in the state (the total number of infected people has exceeded 164 thousand people).
Meanwhile, NATO has declared that it is developing an emergency action plan in the event of a second possible wave of a coronavirus pandemic. Defense ministers from 30 member countries have agreed to create a supply of medical supplies, including resuscitation rooms, ventilators and protective masks, as well as a crisis fund.
In the meantime, we can only hope for a vaccine and adapt to life in adaptive quarantine. However, it is easier to survive when it is understood that Ukraine is not alone on this path.
Julia Gorban, Kiev
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru