Yermak: COVID-19 death toll could have reached 145 thousand if it wasn't for strict quarantine.

Strict quarantine in the spring and adaptive quarantine in the summer allowed Ukraine to avoid a large-scale tragedy and high COVID-19 death toll.

"Scientists' calculations prove that a large-scale tragedy was avoided. If strict quarantine in the spring and adaptive quarantine summer had not been imposed, the COVID-19 death toll in Ukraine by the end of the year could have reached 125,000-145,000. Today we have lower mortality ratio compared to the UK, France or Italy," Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak wrote in a column for the Liga.net media outlet, Ukrinform reports.

He assured that last winter the Ukrainian leadership had projection models of the epidemic and saw all the danger.

"And today we can state: the general decisions on quarantine were correct. The work of the authorities has never stopped," the Head of the President's Office emphasized.

In addition, he noted that, despite the global crisis, the Ukrainian economic downturn in 2020 will be about 5%. According to Yermak, it is definitely a better result than scientists predicted and shown by many other countries.

As of December 31, Ukraine has reported 1,055,047 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 9,699 cases recorded over the past day.

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