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

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The epidemiological situation as of July 20 did not let Kyiv and such regions as Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv enter the next stage of easing the coronavirus-related quarantine.

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, there were 59,493 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine as of the morning of July 20. They include 1,498 deaths and 31,439 recoveries. Some 651 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.