Kyiv will toughen quarantine curbs from August 17 / REUTERS

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said the capital city will toughen the coronavirus-related quarantine curbs since the city was designated as a yellow zone according to the COVID-19 risk levels.

"Due to the increase in the number of patients, by the decision of the State Commission on Industry-Related and Environmental Safety and Emergencies, Kyiv was designated as a yellow zone according to the COVID-19 risk levels since bed occupancy in hospitals where patients with coronavirus were being treated had exceeded 50%. As of today, it is 52.2%," he said during an online briefing on August 14.

According to Klitschko, the curbs will be toughened in the capital city in accordance with the requirements set by the government.

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Mandatory requirements will include wearing face masks in public places, carrying identity documents, holding mass events only on condition of no more than one person per five square meters, occupancy of cinemas being no more than 50%, and transportation of passengers only within the seating capacity.

Klitschko added Kyiv was preparing the "second-wave" medical institutions for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Quarantine in Kyiv

In July, Klitschko said almost 900 beds had been allocated for patients with COVID-19 in the "first-wave" medical institutions, namely in eight hospitals and two maternity hospitals, while another 800 beds were prepared in the "second-wave" medical institutions.

As of July 1, the capital's "first-wave" hospitals with COVID-19 patients were filled by 31%.