Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

A former president of Ukraine is among the country’s politicians who have tested positive for the virus.

A former president and opposition politician in Ukraine, Petro O. Poroshenko, announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus amid a flurry of virus-related disruptions to Ukrainian politics.

The Parliament said on Wednesday that it had canceled plenary sessions until Oct. 20 because of rising infections. The speaker, Dmytro Razumkov, said at least 10 members of Parliament tested positive before the shutdown.

Cases ticked up in Ukraine during summer holiday travel, because of lax observance of mask-wearing and social-distancing rules, and after schools opened last month.

Mr. Poroshenko, who assumed the presidency after a pro-Western popular uprising in 2014, has diabetes, a risk factor for complications. The diagnosis will remove him from campaigning ahead of local elections next month. Mr. Poroshenko said in a statement posted on social media that the positive test was “very untimely” because of the campaign and that he would self-isolate at home.

After a strict lockdown in Ukraine ended in June, the country switched to what authorities called “adaptive measures,” closing some businesses and encouraging social distancing and wearing masks.

Mr. Poroshenko, who now leads an opposition party, had criticized the government’s decision to ease lockdowns in June, for fear that it would lead to a second wave of the virus.

Before catching the virus over the summer, Yulia Tymoshenko, a populist former prime minister, had last spring criticized government lockdowns from the opposite perspective, saying they went too far and infringed on personal freedoms.

Ukraine has reported an average of 3,488 new cases daily over the past seven days.

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