The Ukraine stopped direct flights from China to Ukrainian airports on February 3 and as of March 9, 2020 has one confirmed case of COVID-19. According to MAI CEE, global workforce managers should also know that:
- Temperature checks are in effect at all airports.
- Medical institutions are undergoing simulation exercises in preparation for a COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Ukraine has 12,000 beds in infectious hospitals, 2,000 infectious disease doctors and 5,000 other healthcare workers working in infectious hospitals and other settings prepared to handle infectious disease.
- The Government is considering the restriction or cancellation of mass events, and may do the same for schools.
- The national healthcare system covers diagnostics and treatment of coronaviruses.
- Most private health insurers have some exclusions if COVID-19 becomes a ‘serious infectious disease’ which is determined by the Ministry of Health.
- COVID-19 testing and treatment is currently not available at private hospitals or clinics.
Advice to employers
- Encourage employees to stay calm and trust only official information concerning the spread of COVID-19 and respective protective measures.
- Employers should encourage standard virus protection protocols like thorough handwashing.
- Eliminating meetings of any size may become necessary.
- If an employee has a high temperature they should work from home if possible.
- In the case of any foreign trips to high risk regions, employees should stay at home for 14 days upon returning to the Ukraine.
Other COVID-19 related resources for the Ukraine include:
- Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers COVID-19 website
- Ukraine’s Ministry of Health COVID-19 information
- Ukraine Public Health Center
This coronavirus update for employers in the Ukraine is one of a series dedicated to helping global workforce managers navigate the evolving challenges brought on by COVID-19. Expect regular articles such as this from the Asinta Partnership as the global impact of the coronavirus unfolds.