Ukraine's health minister explains when EU may reopen borders for Ukrainians

11:50, 17 July 2020
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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the dynamics of the COVID-19 incidence in Ukraine over the past two weeks have exceeded the levels approved by the European Union; he also named a key condition when the EU may reopen its borders for Ukrainians.

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"We estimated [this might happen] if the number of cases did not exceed 460-480 during two weeks," he said on July 14 in an interview for the RBC Ukraine news agency, which was published on July 17.

Noteworthy, the country should meet the following EU criteria – the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days should be close to or below the EU's average indicator (as of June 15, 2020); a flattened curve should show a downward trend in the number of new cases per day. The overall situation with handling COVID-19, including testing and monitoring, is also taken into account.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the EU on July 16 updated the so-called "green list" of countries whose citizens enjoy free access to the EU member states' territory.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria has already allowed Ukrainians to enter the country without mandatory observation and COVID-19 testing.

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