Beginning of new Covid-19 wave. With 900 cases diagnosed in Lviv since beginning of August, officials thinking about imposing mask mandate
900 patients fell ill with Covid-19 in Lviv since the beginning of August this year. This number includes people who were treated both in hospitals and as out-patients. Lesya Kobetska, Head of the Health Care Directorate at Lviv City Council made this statement at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine. According to her, most patients had mild symptoms of the disease and stayed at home. Only patients with moderate severity were admitted to hospitals.
“At the beginning of August, there were 16 patients hospitalized in Lviv hospitals, a week later there were 36, then 76, and the largest number was 122 hospitalized patients,” — Lesya Kobetska said.
According to her, such an increase in the number of patients may signal the beginning of a new wave of Covid-19. Therefore, the health department is considering the possibility of imposing a mask mandate.
“I think it is appropriate. If we see an increase in morbidity, then I would still recommend introducing a mask mandate, especially in public places,” — the Head of the Health Care Directorate at Lviv City Council said.
The administration also urges city residents to undergo a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, and those previously vaccinated to receive a booster shot.
“There is a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Lviv, it arrived a month ago. And I would recommend actively getting vaccinated with it to those who are not vaccinated at all. There is also Pfizer, but we are currently running out of this drug, and there should be a new supply within 10 days. There is also CoronaVac,” — Lesya Kobetska said.
According to the official, it is now possible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in polyclinics in all districts of Lviv. Designated vaccination centers are not planned to be set up in the city this year.
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