Over the 17 days of March 2020, Ukraine imported 40 thousand tons of food more than in the same period in 2019, the State Customs Service noted.
The State Customs Service of Ukraine (GTSU) called on citizens not to purchase products in bulk. The agency announced this on March 19 on its website.
“40 thousand tons more were brought to Ukraine of food products over the 17 days of March compared with the same period in 2019. In general, food imports amounted to 158 thousand tons worth $ 211 million. This is almost 8 thousand completely filled wagons per 20 tons. Ukraine makes food stocks, and therefore it is not necessary to buy buckwheat and canned food for six months in advance, ”it was informed.
The GSTU said that over the 17 days of March 2020, in particular, dairy products (cheeses), eggs and honey were imported by 312% more than in the 17 days of March 2019; finished products from grain cereals, flour, flour confectionery products – 83% more; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as vinegar – 65% more.
Due to quarantine, Ukrainians massively buy food products, in particular buckwheat, in stores.
In Ukraine, as of the evening of March 19, 21 cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed, three people died.
Among the sick – the people’s deputy from the group “Dovira” Sergei Shakhov, who recently was in France. One Ukrainian died from COVID-19 abroad.
Since March 12, in Ukraine, due to the spread of coronavirus infection, mass events have been banned and educational institutions have been closed. In addition, on the night of March 16, Ukraine completely prohibited foreign citizens from entering the territory of the country, on March 17 suspended air traffic with other countries, and on March 18, domestic passenger traffic was stopped in the country. In trams, trolleybuses and automobile transport and in buses performing regular passenger transportations on city routes, it is allowed to carry up to 10 passengers at a time. Large cities have closed shopping centers, shops (except grocery and drug stores), restaurants, cafes and bars, gyms, beauty salons and night clubs. Restrictive measures will last until April 3.
On March 17, the State Customs Service of Ukraine announced that there will be products in supermarkets, because the quarantine for trucking does not apply.
The COVID-19 outbreak began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. As of the morning of March 19, the number of people infected with coronavirus in the world reached 218,815Of these, 81 114 managed to recover, 8810 died, according to the American Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the spread of the disease.