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In Ukraine, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv regions may see a strengthening of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions as early as next week, from August 11, that's per Tymofiy Mylovanov, head of the Kyiv School of Economics, which has been helping the health ministry on coronavirus analytics.

At the moment, these regions are in the "green zone", Mylovanov wrote on Facebook.

These regions could be pulled from the "green zone" due to the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases has been growing for the past five consecutive days.

"Since Monday, four new regions may cease to be 'green' ... We are talking about Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv regions, where for five days in a row at least one of the indicators set by government has been on the rise – the new cases rate or growth dynamics," Mylovanov wrote.

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The expert says the National Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergencies is set to convene on August 7 to decide on whether to pursue with the move.

Background

  • The new rules of adaptive quarantine have been enforced in Ukraine since August 3.
  • Cities and districts were divided into four zones depending on the epidemiological situation.
  • Lutsk and Ternopil authorities have defied government orders to strengthen quarantine measures after being assigned to the toughest "red" zone. City officials claim the red zone decision was unfounded.
  • Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Wednesday, August 5, appealed to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov to set up a video conference call with mayors of Ukrainian cities to discuss zoning issues.