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Ukrainian Health Ministry says only four Ukrainian regions are ready for the easing of the quarantine-related restrictions, as the incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases there is below the limit.

Read alsoKyiv mayor reports 400 new COVID-19 cases, eight fatalities in past dayIn particular, the incidence of reported COVID-19 cases per 100 000 population in the last 14 days allows lifting certain curbs imposed by the government as part of the lockdown in Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Poltava and Kherson regions, according to the ministry's updated data as of September 19.

Meanwhile, 21 Ukrainian regions are not ready for lifting COVID-19 curbs. The highest incidence rates were recorded in Chernivtsi region, Ternopil region, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Kharkiv region, and the city of Kyiv.

All other indicators, that is the bed occupancy in hospitals and the rate of testing within seven days do not exceed the limit there.

On the morning of September 19, the highest number of new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours was registered in Kyiv (400 cases).

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 will take effect on Monday, 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.