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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has said the capital city of Kyiv is not yet allowed to transfer to the next stage of easing the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine due to high incidence.

"Based on the current epidemic situation in the city of Kyiv, the transition to the stage with reopening of restaurants [indoor capacities] is impossible since the main indicator, the incidence, that is [the average] number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past seven days [per 100,000 population], is growing. It exceeds the acceptable norms established by the government's decree," he said during an online briefing on June 12.

According to the minister, it is the regional commission on technogenic and environmental safety and emergency situations that takes decisions on relaxing quarantine based on said indicators.

"They decided not to move to the stage that allows the reopening of indoor restaurants," he added.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko on June 10 said that the city might not yet proceed to the next stages of easing the quarantine restrictions.

"I'd like to note that the indicator of the number of patients per 100,000 residents over the past five days is more than 15 people. According to this criterion, Kyiv, unfortunately, is not able to proceed to the next stages of easing restrictions. Therefore, it's too early to talk about the reopening of restaurants, swimming pools, children's camps, etc.," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 29,753 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine as of the morning of June 12, including 870 COVID-19 deaths and 13,567 recoveries. Some 683 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.