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

The epidemiological situation as of August 8 did not let Kyiv and such regions as Volyn, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Odesa, Rivne, Kharkiv, 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.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's authorities on Saturday, August 8, said the number of new active COVID-19 cases increased by 1,489 over the past 24 hours.

Depending on the epidemiological situation, all regions in Ukraine are divided into several zones from August 1: green, yellow, orange, and red according to the COVID-19 risk levels.