COVID-19 monthly update in the Eastern partnership. 12 July 2021

AFEW International prepares regular updates on the COVID-19 developments in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. What is the situation today? Please, check it here! 

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As for 12.07.2021

The number of coronavirus cases per population ratio since the start of the active phase of the pandemic (January 22, 2021) in the EECA region.

Source: Sciences Po Media lab Coronavirus Country Comparator

COVID-19 situation report EECA

The following number of COVID-19 cases were registered:

Russia 5,808,473
Ukraine 2,241,217
Kazakhstan 458,724
Belarus 428,595
Azerbaijan 337,254
Georgia 377,811
Moldova 257,467
Armenia 226,459
Kyrgyzstan 140,978
Uzbekistan 116,421
Tajikistan 13,834
Turkmenistan N/A
The Netherlands 1,728,438

 

Situation report Armenia

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Armenia 226,459 217,731 4,547

 

Cases of COVID-19

— As of July 12 in the morning, 226,459 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Armenia.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Quarantine will be extended in Armenia for another 6 months until December, acting minister of health Anahit Avanesyan told the reporters on July 9.

Vaccine

A total of 108,107 vaccinations against COVID-19 have been carried out in Armenia so far, of which the first dose is 77,449 and the second dose – 30,658, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Situation report Azerbaijan

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Azerbaijan 337,254 330,762 4,984

Cases of COVID-19

— Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Azerbaijan, and COVID-19 infections are present in all regions the country.

Measures to contain the epidemic

—The special quarantine regime will remain in effect until August 1, 2021, according to a May 26, 2021 decision by Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers.  Effective May 31, 2021 masks are no longer required in outdoor spaces, but remain obligatory indoors, subject to fines.  Most public transportation, including the Baku Metro, reopened on May 31, but will not operate on weekends.

Vaccine

Azerbaijan has administered at least 4,107,950 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 20.5% of the country’s population.

Situation report Belarus

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Belarus 428.595 421,842 3,266

 

Cases of COVID-19

Approximately 425.8 thousand cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were registered in Belarus as of July 9, 2021. Over 6.9 million COVID-19 tests were conducted in the country since the end of January 2020. COVID-19 infections are increasing in Belarus, with 936 new infections reported on average each day.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— The Healthcare Ministry’s anti-coronavirus recommendations remain the same – social distancing, limiting face-to-face contact, avoiding crowds, wearing masks.

Vaccine

Belarus has administered at least 1,068,413 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 5.6% of the country’s population.

Situation report Georgia

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Georgia 377,811 359,939 5,468

Measures to contain the epidemic

Most measures the Government of Georgia imposed in November 2020 in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic have been terminated. The 11pm to 4am curfew was terminated on July 1, and as of June 22 masks are no longer required outdoors.

Vaccine

— Georgia has administered at least 289,399 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 3.9% of the country’s population.

Situation report Republic of Moldova

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Moldova 257,529 250,489 6,211

 

Cases of COVID-19

The number of active cases has continued to decrease over the past month. The 7-day average for the number of deaths has decreased further in June and by the end of the month it stood at 2.29.

Measures to contain the epidemic

– Effective April 29, 2021, The National Public Health Emergency Commission in Moldova has issued a national State of Public Health Emergency. Face-masks are mandatory in all public indoor spaces. Additional restrictions could be lifted or (re)imposed with little notice.

Vaccine

As of 4 July 2021, a total of 742.393 vaccine doses have been administered.

Situation report Ukraine

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Ukraine 2,241,698 2,178,279 52,640

COVID-19 cases

– Most COVID-19 cases in Ukraine were recorded in the capital Kyiv, measured at over 215 thousand as of July 9, 2021. The Kharkiv Oblast had the second-highest number of infections at approximately 149 thousand.

– COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Ukraine, with 484 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 3% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on April 8.

Travel to Ukraine

Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of June 23, 2021 № 657 amended the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of December 9, 2020 № 1236. All foreign citizens regardless of the country of arrival to enter Ukraine must have a policy (certificate) of insurance issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine, and covers the costs related to the treatment of COVID-19, observation, and is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine.

– All foreign citizens, holders of a temporary residence permit, as well as stateless persons need to have one of the following documents:

  • a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with vaccines included by WHO in the list of approved for use in emergency situations; or
  • a negative rapid test for the SARS-CoV-2 antigen (RAT, Ag) that was done no more than 72 hours before entry; or
  • a certificate of a negative PCR test result done no more than 72 hours before the entry.

– From July 2, 2021, all foreign citizens, citizens of Ukraine, holders of a permanent or temporary residence permit, stateless persons who arrive from India, Great Britain, Russia or Portugal or have been on their territory for more than 7 days during 14 days, they are required to undergo a rapid test to determine the antigen of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at checkpoints (control points) across the state border.

Covid measures

– Airports – Air traffic in Ukraine has been renewed.

– Public transport – All passengers are to wear masks. The number of passengers in the transport vehicle is to be equal to the number of sitting places.

– Metro – All passengers are to wear masks. Passengers are required to keep distance in subway cars, on escalators and on platforms while waiting for the train.

– Intercity transport – Connection is restored. In the regions with high infection rate it is allowed to transport up to 10 people at a time.

– Stores, pharmacies, petrol stations and banks – Operation is restored. Visitors are to wear masks at all times on the premises.

– Cafes – Only the outdoor terraces are allowed to be opened. The decision on the opening and closing of cafes adopts by local authorities. That is why rules of visiting vary from region to region.

– Events – The government allowed excursions for groups up to 50 people, as well as indoor religious events, provided 1 person per 5 sq m and visitors maintained a distance of 1.5 meters.

Vaccine

Ukraine has administered at least 3,489,332 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 3.9% of the country’s population.

Situation report Russia

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Russia 5,833,175 5,236,214 144,492

 

COVID-19 cases

– Russia has confirmed 5,833,175 cases of coronavirus and 144,492 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000.

Measures to contain the epidemic 

– St. Petersburg authorities will ban gatherings of more than 75 people from July 13, city officials announced. Case numbers have spiked in Russia’s second-largest city as it has hosted seven matches in the football tournament.

– Moscow’s outdoor restaurant verandas will stay open to diners who lack a QR code proving their vaccination or immunity through Aug. 1. Originally, the city planned to require QR codes to dine at verandas starting July 12.

— Starting July 7, Russians returning from overseas will be required to self-isolate until they test negative for Covid-19, consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. Vaccinated or recently recovered Russians are exempt from the rule.

— A senior administrator at a western Russian clinic has been detained on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus vaccine certificates, police said. Meanwhile, Moscow police announced Thursday the city’s first criminal case against a person who had allegedly purchased a fake QR code for dining indoors at the city’s restaurants.

Vaccine

— Supplies of Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine have run out in Moscow, city authorities said Thursday, leaving Sputnik V and Sputnik Light as the only remaining vaccine options for Muscovites after supplies of the CoviVac ran out on June 22.

Russia has administered at least 47,572,228 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 16.5% of the country’s population.

Situation report Kazakhstan

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Kazakhstan 462,417 415,268 4,716

 

Cases of COVID-19

— COVID-19 cases in Kazakhstan reached 448 thousand as of July 8, 2021. Almaty and Nur-Sultan had the highest number of people infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, at approximately 77.2 thousand and 72.1 thousand, respectively.

– COVID-19 infections are increasing in Kazakhstan, with 3,108 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 78% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on July 7.

– As of the morning of July 5, Nursultan, the cities of Almaty, Shymkent, as well as Akmola, Atyrau, West Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Mangistau and Pavlodar regions remained in the “red zone” of high risk for coronavirus. In the “yellow zone”, a zone of moderate risk, Aktobe, Zhambyl, Kostanay, Kyzylorda and North Kazakhstan regions. The rest of the regions are in the “green zone”.

Measures to contain the epidemic 

– In the red zone, during weekends and holidays public transportation, all public places, catering, educational, recreational and sports are restricted.

Vaccine

– Kazakhstan has administered at least 6,742,275 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 18.2% of the country’s population.

Situation report Kyrgyzstan

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Kyrgyzstan 142,270 199,694 2,123

 

Cases of COVID-19

— Kyrgyzstan is reporting 1,272 new infections on average each day, 49% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on July 24.

Measures to contain the epidemic 

– Even as Kyrgyzstan grapples with its third wave of COVID-19 infections, a surge that doctors worry could overwhelm the healthcare system, the president says the country cannot afford the cost of adopting precautionary measures. Though, in Bishkek and Osh there are minor restrictions on accessing catering and shopping centres.

Vaccine

— Kyrgyzstan has administered at least 173,700 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 1.3% of the country’s population.

Kyrgyzstan heavily depends on humanitarian aid vaccines from Russia, China and COVAX program, which is being delayed. Kyrgyzstan dropped age restrictions for receiving Sputnik V, 24.kg reported on June 25, though doses can be hard to find.

Situation report Uzbekistan

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Uzbekistan 116,918 112,018 778

Image: Worldometer

Cases of COVID-19

– Uzbekistan is reporting 478 new infections on average each day, 64% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on August 7.

Measures to contain the epidemic 

– Uzbekistan has tightened COVID-19 countermeasures, as of July 1, amid an increase in case numbers. Authorities have reintroduced mandatory COVID-19 PCR tests for all those entering the country from permitted travel locations. The test must have been taken within the previous 72 hours. A second PCR test must be taken after seven days.

– Authorities have also closed all land border crossings with Afghanistan except for the Termez-Avtoyul border checkpoint. Only freight transporters, citizens, and permanent residents of Uzbekistan and diplomats may enter Uzbekistan through the Termez-Avtoyul border checkpoint.

– Authorities have introduced access restrictions in Tashkent until July 12 to limit the spread of COVID-19.

– While international travel is permitted, flight suspensions with several countries, including the UK, remain in place. Additionally, due to low demand, flights from several other destinations have been effectively suspended.

Vaccine

Uzbekistan has administered at least 3,541,442 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 5.3% of the country’s population.

 

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