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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has explained what kind of hospitalization and scheduled surgery is allowed in the "orange" zone.

The minister said decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 641 provides for appropriate restrictions in the "orange" zone for hospitalization and scheduled surgery.

"These restrictions do not apply, for example, to medical assistance in cases of pregnancy complications or childbirth. Hospitalization will also be carried out for cancer patients," the minister told a briefing on Monday, September 14, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

Stepanov says neither does the restriction apply to hospitalization or scheduled surgeries where postponement would pose risk to human life.

"The restriction does not apply to such kind of hospitalization or scheduled surgeries," he said.

Read alsoHealth minister names Ukrainian regions with highest daily COVID-19 spikeStepanov clarified the decision on whether the postponement of surgeries or hospitalization poses a threat to the life and health of a patient shall be made solely by a physician.

Kyiv in "orange zone" of quarantine rules

In contrast to the strictest restrictions provided for the red-zone quarantine zones, orange zone still allows:

  • Holding mass events (in culture, sports, social life, religion, and other) with attendance up to 220 persons, with social distancing rules of 1 person per 10 square meters of indoor area;
  • Operations of public transport;
  • Studying in educational facilities;
  • Operations of malls, cafes, and restaurants; and
  • Boarding interregional transport (trains, buses, etc.).