Mariupol is preparing for a possible new wave of COVID-19 cases. In a few weeks, a new wave of the Omicron virus is expected in the city. Meanwhile, there has been a decrease in the statistics of vaccination of citizens and an increase in violations of quarantine rules. This was told by the deputy mayor Arkady Meshkov.
“In order to avoid a new wave of morbidity, all quarantine rules must be strictly observed. The most important thing is to get vaccinated. If the pandemic worsens, the city will be forced to tighten quarantine restrictions. They will concern the work of shopping centers, shops, and cafes. We assume that public transport will be available only for the vaccinated population,” Arkady Meshkov stressed.
Director of the Department of Health Andriy Rempel stressed that Mariupol has more than 13,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 130 thousand people have already been vaccinated with two doses. Since the beginning of the year, the statistics of vaccination of Mariupol residents has significantly decreased. Over the past 24 hours, about 1200 people have been vaccinated. This is almost three times less than planned.
"It is necessary to prepare for a new wave in advance. Reliable protection against this is vaccination. The last wave showed that unvaccinated people ended up in hospitals with a severe course of the disease. Only vaccination can protect everyone from severe illness and death," Andrii Rempel added.
The director of Mariupol city emergency hospital, Serhii Orleansky, urged everyone to take care of themselves and the environment: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a disease of unvaccinated people. Statistics show that 90% of the sick people did not have a vaccine against the coronavirus. It has been proved by the whole world that the only protection against a severe course of the disease and serious complications is vaccination.”