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Ukraine's Health Ministry says the city of Kyiv and 22 Ukrainian regions are not ready for lifting COVID-19 curbs.

The epidemiological situation as of September 22 did not let Kyiv and such regions as Vinnytsia, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and Chernihiv enter the next stage of easing the coronavirus-related quarantine, the ministry said on its website.

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To have COVID-19 curbs lifted, regions, cities and towns in Ukraine should meet a set of criteria.

Such criteria reflect measures to control the spread of the virus, hospitals' capacities, and the ability of the healthcare system as a whole to counter the spread of COVID-19, the ministry said.

COVID-19 in Ukraine: latest

  • Ukraine said 2,884 new active COVID-19 cases had been confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours as of September 22, 2020.
  • The total number of confirmed cases grew to 181,237.