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Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says five schools have been shut down, while 328 classes in 122 schools have been transferred to distance learning over COVID-19 cases there.

"As of today, five schools have been put in quarantine due to coronavirus cases among teachers, that is one school in Holosiyivsky, Darnytsky, Obolonsky, Pechersky, and Solomyansky districts each. A total of 328 classes with students who contracted the disease in 122 schools were self-isolated and transferred to distance learning," the mayor said at a briefing on September 21, as reported by an UNIAN correspondent.

According to Klitschko, 267 schoolchildren and 127 teachers tested positive for COVID-19 in the city for the time being.

Read alsoHealthcare spending to grow unprecedentedly in 2021 – finance ministerMoreover, 15 groups were quarantined in Kyiv-based preschool educational facilities, while one kindergarten was shut down.

"Today, the occupancy rate in the kindergartens is about 50%," he added.

Klitschko assures that the city authorities are monitoring and checking the observance of regulations and implementation of anti-epidemic measures by educational institutions.

Quarantine in Ukraine: background

  • The adaptive quarantine was introduced on August 1. The Ukrainian regions were split into the green, yellow, orange, and red zones depending on hospital load, the average number of PCR and ELISA tests, the ascertainment rate of COVID-19, and daily spread dynamics.
  • Quarantine-related curbs differ in each zone. The mildest ones are in the green zone, the regions included in the red zone will have to introduce the toughest restrictions.
  • On August 26, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the adaptive quarantine until November 1.
  • On September 10, the government reviewed the borders of COVID-19 quarantine zones. The reviewed zoning regulations took effect on September 14. Kyiv became part of the orange zone, with the second-toughest bans after the red zone.
  • Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the ministry has no plans to introduce a new lockdown in Ukraine yet.