Ukraine offers payments for COVID strikes amid record deaths

Ukraine offers payments for COVID strikes amid record deaths

Kiev Ukraine reported record daily deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday as authorities struggle to boost the country’s vaccination rate amid a spike in coronavirus infections.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged on Monday to pay 1,000 hryvnia ($38) to every Ukrainian who is vaccinated. Authorities said Ukrainians can receive their payments starting December 19.

“With this money, it will be possible to buy a gym or fitness club membership, visit the cinema, theater, museum, concert hall, exhibition center, or buy tickets for travel,” Zelensky said in a video message posted on Facebook. the local”.

The government plans to allocate 3 billion hryvnia ($113.8 million) to the stimulus program this year and the same amount in 2022.

Ukraine reported another 838 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the country’s epidemic death toll from nearly 41 million to 77,985.

Although four coronavirus vaccines are available in Ukraine – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac – only 19.8% of the population have been vaccinated so far, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

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Authorities have blamed the recent surge in new cases on a widespread public reluctance to vaccinate. To vaccinate more people, the government has asked teachers, doctors, civil servants and other groups of workers to be fully vaccinated by December 1.

The government has also started requiring proof of vaccination or negative test results on planes, trains and long-distance buses.

New government regulations and restrictions have created a black market for fake vaccine documents. Fake vaccination certificates sell for the equivalent of $100-$300, and there have been reports of a fake version of a government digital app that came with fake certificates installed.

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