Kyiv is not ready for further lifting COVID-19 curbs / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine's Health Ministry says the city of Kyiv and seven Ukrainian regions are not ready for lifting COVID-19 curbs.

The epidemiological situation as of July 16 did not let Kyiv and such regions as Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Volyn, and Zakarpattia enter the next stage of easing the coronavirus-related quarantine.

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To have COVID-19 curbs lifted, regions, cities and towns in Ukraine should meet a set of criteria.

Such criteria reflect measures to control the spread of the virus, hospitals' capacities, and the ability of the healthcare system as a whole to counter the spread of COVID-19, the ministry said.

As Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said earlier, there are four criteria for the regional authorities to toughen quarantine-related curbs. These are the availability of beds in hospital (less than 50%), the average number of COVID-19 tests (at least 24 per 100,000 people in the past seven days), an incidence growth rate, and a case detection rate.