04 September 2020, 20:34
Hasidic pilgrim group diagnosed with Covid-19 upon arrival in Uman
Kiev, September 4, Interfax - Six Hasidic pilgrims who had arrived at the city of Uman in the Cherkasy Region before a ban on foreigners' entry into Ukraine was introduced have been diagnosed with Covid-19 after taking PCR tests, Uman Mayor Oleksandr Tsebriy said.
"As far as I know to date, six pilgrims tested positive for Covid-19, therefore medical workers took it from here in accordance with their protocol," Tsebriy said in a video address published on the Pavlovsky News page on Facebook on Friday.
According to the mayor, earlier he had reached an agreement with the chief rabbi of Ukraine on mandatory PCR testing of all pilgrims arriving in Uman.
"There is a certain number of pilgrims who are in the city now, who arrived there before the 28th [of August] when the final, only right decision to ban foreigners from entering from 'the red zone', therefore after relevant PCR tests, these people [...] are now being tested," Tsebriy said.
As reported, at the Israeli prime minister's request, Ukraine made a decision to restrict the arrival of pilgrims to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the city of Uman in 2020.
Temporary restrictions of foreigners' entry into the territory of Ukraine were in order to prevent the second wave of Covid-19 in Ukraine from midnight on August 28 to midnight on September 28. However, there is an extensive list of exclusions.
At the same time, the State Border Service recorded a certain increase in the number of foreigners heading to Ukraine for pilgrimage during the few last days before the introduction of restrictions. Several dozen pilgrims, who were unable to confirm the purpose of their visits, were denied entry.
About 50 Hasidic pilgrims were in Uman as of September 2. On Thursday 3, the State Commission for Public and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations ordered the centralized authorities to introduce several restrictions at the places of the Hasidim pilgrimage in Uman during Rosh Hashanah celebrations on September 15-21.
In 2019, more than 30,000 pilgrims arrived in Uman to celebrate the 5780th Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which was celebrated from the evening of September 29 to the evening of October 1.
This year, the holiday starts in the evening of September 18.
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