The world is now facing great challenges. The virus that spreads around the world does not choose its victims by nationality, color, sex, or age. The consequences of the pandemic are already being felt. But for Ukraine it is also a challenge and a great test, because all of this we are experiencing against the background of the war and occupation of part of our territories, and the impossibility of the Ukrainian health system to provide assistance to citizens in the occupied territories.
The Russian Federation occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol implementing its legislation and healthcare system throughout the peninsula. This resulted mainly in negative consequences for quality and accessibility to medicine in Crimea. The occupying authorities systematically withhold reliable information on humanitarian situation in the peninsula; do not allow access of humanitarian and human rights missions to the peninsula not to inform the international community on the current situation and the measures to prevent the occurrence and spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the occupied Crimea. That is why it is very important for Crimeans to take care of themselves and their families by taking responsibility for their own health and life.
According to the occupying authorities, more than 130 people in Crimea are under surveillance on suspicion of coronary disease (COVID-19). However, on the peninsula they are not in a hurry to introduce the necessary quarantine measures to protect the civilian population of the peninsula from the effects of the pandemic.
We encourage you to follow the rules of hygiene and disinfection, if possible move to remote work and stay at home. Refrain from traveling or visiting places with large crowds. It is also important to pay attention to the safety of elderly people who are at risk and children. If symptoms of the disease are identified (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing), isolate yourself and consult a doctor.
Detailed information about coronary disease (COVID-19) is on the link: https://cutt.ly/Ytl8FDB
We ask you not to panic, Ukrainian authorities do everything possible to prevent the risk of spreading the virus, help citizens and overcome the consequences of the disease. We remind that temporarily, until April 3, the work of the checkpoints with Crimea has been stopped, but every citizen of our country can cross the ABL at any time on humanitarian grounds and critical life circumstances, for instance if your registration does not coincide with your actual residence or you are at risk of separation from family). In such cases, citizens are required to present their documents at the checkpoints. We stress that this is a necessary and temporary measure for your protection.
We are concerned for the health of every one of you, and we ask you to take care of yourself and your family. During the forced isolation, you can spend more time with relatives, watch films that long wanted to watch or read several new books. Don’t forget the informal education that you can get through a variety of platforms, such as the website:prometheus.org.ua. By the way, Prometheus developed the course “Corona viral infection: Facts against panic”, which will help you to better understand what this is COVID19.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones!