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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said the country is not going yet to close the borders for foreigners amid a surge in new coronavirus cases.

"So far, the government is not discussing the closure of the borders. But we all understand if it comes to discussing a full lockdown, this issue will arise," he said during a morning TV show, "Snidanok z 1+1," on November 18.

Read alsoAlmost 12,500 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ukraine as of Nov 18Earlier in September, Ukraine introduced a one-month ban on the entry of foreigners. The decision was taken to prevent large gatherings of tourists from Israel in the town of Uman during the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

Weekend quarantine in Ukraine

  • On November 11, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce the so-called weekend quarantine starting from November 14.
  • The government repealed the adaptive quarantine system and imposed a nationwide quarantine with curbs for all territories that were in effect in the previous version of the coronavirus quarantine in zones with the orange risk level.
  • On November 17, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, did not back a draft resolution recommending that the Ukrainian government soften the restrictions imposed along with the so-called weekend quarantine.