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In a situation where the Sri Lankan Government continues to bring tourists from Ukraine to Sri Lanka, Reuters reported that Ukraine has decided to close schools, restaurants and gyms today as a new nationwide lockdown took effect to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the nation of 41 million people. 

Coronavirus infections in Ukraine began rising again in September and have remained relatively high. The country has registered more than 1 million coronavirus cases with 19,588 deaths as of Jan. 8.

The government had decided on January lockdown in early December when Ukraine was at the peak of the epidemic and the number of new cases stood at around 12,000-14,000 a day.

The new measures, which include the closure of entertainment centres and a ban on mass gatherings, will be in force until Jan. 24.

Despite calls to ease the lockdown or even cancel it, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Health Minister Maksym Stepanov have said the restrictions were urgently needed.

“By introducing a stricter quarantine from tomorrow, we will avoid a large increase in patients with both COVID-19 and the usual seasonal flu,” Stepanov said, according to a statement on Thursday.

“Thus, we will reduce the workload at the hospitals, because the same institutions treat patients with each of these diseases.”

The number of new cases dropped in early January and this, together with the decision to leave public transport and some non-critical businesses operating, prompted local authorities and businesses to criticise the new restrictions.

The government says imposing restrictions now may help avoid the need for a stricter lockdown later that could do greater damage to the economy.

Ukraine’s economy is expected to contract by around 5% in 2020, dragged into recession by the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown in March.

Last year the parliament approved a law to help small businesses hit by the crisis and measures included financial assistance to around 1 million small entrepreneurs. 

  Comments - 25

  • Dayan Friday, 08 January 2021 05:15 PM

    In addition to their lockdown Ukraine is sending tourists to SL. LOCKDOWN UDAYANGA.

    Sam Silva Friday, 08 January 2021 06:07 PM

    It is our fools who are bringing them here.

    lal Friday, 08 January 2021 05:27 PM

    Fortune favours the connected

    Mushi Friday, 08 January 2021 05:47 PM

    Ha ha.. With love from Ukraine. They are escaping the country to SL with lot of Corona Virus. Now there will be a big boom in tourism. Actually it will destroy rest of the sectors in the country.

    Blackwater Friday, 08 January 2021 06:11 PM

    Who cares I want my overseas bank account to grow

    FF Friday, 08 January 2021 05:54 PM


    [email protected] Friday, 08 January 2021 06:01 PM

    Ha Ha ! We are toooo inteligent people. God must save us from our intelligents.

    Joshua Friday, 08 January 2021 06:03 PM

    Senseless Government decisions to bring down Ukrainians. Of course Udayanga is well looked after as a tour guide

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 08 January 2021 06:08 PM

    Excellent news for UDAYANGA. He can make Sri Lanka Ukraine s quarantine centre

    Ramesh Friday, 08 January 2021 06:09 PM

    Those who don't want to be in lockdown please contact Udhayanga , he will make arrangements to visit Sri Lanka as tourists.

    Dee Friday, 08 January 2021 06:24 PM

    Congratulations to our Mr. Mig. Congratulations Sri Lanka. May tourism go from strength to strength!

    G abe Friday, 08 January 2021 06:31 PM

    They will all flock here to escape the virus and lockdown , we are going to suffer so that these damn hotels can make money, most of these hotels down south dont even let locals book rooms, now were meant to suffer so they can make profits?

    Kingsley Friday, 08 January 2021 06:36 PM

    AH Udayanga should be locked up

    Ammagei Puthek Friday, 08 January 2021 06:50 PM

    Is this really tourism or an underhand operation to make black money into white?

    Bernard Friday, 08 January 2021 07:10 PM

    Udayanga facilitated some Ukrainians to escape quarantine and lockdown thru his close contacts with them and arranged the tour bubble trip in Sri Lanka.

    Bernard Friday, 08 January 2021 07:10 PM

    Udayanga facilitated some Ukrainians to escape quarantine and lockdown thru his close contacts with them and arranged the tour bubble trip in Sri Lanka.

    Bernard Friday, 08 January 2021 07:10 PM

    Udayanga facilitated some Ukrainians to escape quarantine and lockdown thru his close contacts with them and arranged the tour bubble trip in Sri Lanka.

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 08 January 2021 07:40 PM

    If we could take all 41million of them we would. That's how stupid we are.

    Saf Friday, 08 January 2021 08:52 PM

    Again sir fail

    Samson Friday, 08 January 2021 08:57 PM

    Good idea to tour Sl because they can't move in their country.

    Critical Friday, 08 January 2021 09:18 PM

    So we can hopefully wait for another Ukrainian cluster. Who cares and who is worried?

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 08 January 2021 09:24 PM

    Don't worry. Mega swindler Udayanga has the power to revoke this lock down.

    Ammagei Puthek Friday, 08 January 2021 09:26 PM

    Except for whores drag queens, strippers who have a new destination: Sri Lanka

    Shehan Friday, 08 January 2021 09:28 PM

    Here we are welcoming Ukranian tourist. What a stupid paradise.

    G abe Friday, 08 January 2021 11:09 PM

    Will sri Lanka's be forced into another lockdown because of these imbeciles, the people will revolt, many are starving and will have to starve to death so some tourists can enjoy the beach and wildlife?, focus should be on to the population not a few greedies wanting to make money, there are other industries with staff shortage that can temporarily employ the workers in hospitality, these ministers will hoard the foreign currency in their own accounts to keep their money up, hope people vote with more intelligence next rounds

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