In Ukraine, increased responsibility for the violation of quarantine conditions

31 March 2020, 11:41
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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine intensified quarantine measures through the coronavirus. Starting March 29, everyone who returned from abroad will go for mandatory observation, and those who come in contact with the patient for self-isolation. The Government adopted the relevant decision at an extraordinary meeting on 29 March.

So, the ministers made another changes to the Cabinet resolution of 11.03.2020 No. 211 “On Prevention of the Acute COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Disease Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus in Ukraine”.

The ruling now stipulates that persons who have visited countries / regions with local transmission of the virus in the community, according to WHO situational reports, will be subject to compulsory surveillance (isolation) for 14 days - just as Ukrainians evacuated from China are evacuated from New Sanzhary on February 20 . This should be done to prevent new cases from being introduced into the territory of Ukraine.

People in need of self-isolation are required to refrain from visiting public places and contacting other people than those with whom they cohabit. It is permissible to visit urgently places of trade in foodstuffs, hygiene products, medicines, medical supplies and health care facilities, provided that personal protective equipment and a distance of at least 1.5 meters are used.

At present, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine aimed at Preventing the Occurrence and Dissemination of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19)".

According to its provisions, citizens will pay a fine in case of violation of quarantine rules, sanitary-hygienic, sanitary-anti-epidemic rules and norms.

Administrative responsibility is imposed for the unauthorized departure of the quarantine site by a person who may be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. In addition, the amount of charge varies depending on the person's status. Namely, the average citizen will pay from 17 000 to 32 000 UAH, while for officials the fine will be from 34 000 to 170 000 UAH.

In addition, criminal liability for violation of sanitary rules and norms for the prevention of infectious diseases has been increased. Namely, for violation of rules and norms established for the prevention of epidemic and other infectious diseases, as well as mass non-infectious diseases (poisoning), and if such actions caused or knowingly could have caused the spread of these diseases, a fine of up to 3,000 shall be punished. 000 non-taxable minimum incomes, or arrest for up to six months or imprisonment for up to three years.

The same acts, if they caused death or other grave consequences, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of five to eight years.

According to experts, self-isolation is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the disease. This will help save hundreds and maybe thousands of lives.