Sep 28, 2020 at 9:46 am EDT
In Odessa, Ukraine, the summer crowds have thrown off their masks. It is now a hot spot in Europe’s “second wave”.
By Natalie Gryvnyak and Robyn Dixon
Kiev, Ukraine ̵
1; Odessa taxi driver Igor Trofimchuk arranged a special trip to celebrate his mother Nina’s 82nd birthday near her home in the Ukrainian resort town on the Black Sea: two nostalgic days at the Soviet-era Zatoka sanatorium on the sandy beach.
It was full. Nobody wore masks. But like most of the people they know, they also mocked warnings about the dangers of the novel coronavirus. In his taxi, Trofimchuk only put on a mask if the passenger was wearing one.
Within three weeks of his birthday stay on the beach in mid-August, his mother – a healthy woman who went to a gym every other day – had died of Covid-19 and had double pneumonia caused by the virus.
The unbridled summer in Odessa has seen spikes across Ukraine – another European hot spot as coronavirus infections re-emerge in areas across the continent. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it the beginning of a “second wave”.
Dixon reported from Moscow.