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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the incidence of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine is 57 per 100,000 people, which exceeds 16 cases per 100,000 people in the countries of the so-called "green" zone; that is why Ukrainians are banned from entering the European Union.

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"I'd like to remind you that this indicator was 37 two weeks ago. That is, we have such a crazy growth rate over the past two weeks," he said at a briefing on June 30.

Stepanov also noted those who are allowed entry into the EU are diplomats, citizens who leave for seasonal works and study, as well as those seeking asylum in EU member states.

According to the minister, the EU will reconsider its decision if the COVID-19 situation in Ukraine improves.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Union would reopen its borders for tourists from 14 countries as of July 1.