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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says the Cabinet has extended until July 31, 2020, what they call the "adaptive quarantine" introduced in Ukraine to tackle the COVID-19 spread.

"Many Ukrainians perceived the easing of quarantine-related measures as quarantine lift. However, the threats the virus brings haven't subsided. Today, the government extended the adaptive quarantine until July 31 since it is now the most effective way to counter the coronavirus spread," he wrote on Telegram on June 17.

According to Shmyhal, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ukraine has been increasing over the past week.

The prime minister said that face masks will remain mandated in public spaces indoors and on transport, where the number of passengers in cabin shall not exceed the number of seats.

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The mechanisms have also been updated for regional authorities to step up quarantine bans if required.

They could refer to sports, cultural, religious and other public events; operations of institutions providing accommodation services; passenger transportation; pre-school educational facilities; art facilities, fitness centers and gyms; as well as catering establishments.

COVID-19 spread shall be considered significant in a certain  region in case at least one of the following indicators are in place: COVID-19-related hospital load is over 50%; number of PCR and ELISA tests run is below or equal to 24 per 100,000 population over the past seven days; COVID-19 incidence rate is over 11%; or the spread growth rate is more than eight cases per 100,000 population.

"The decision to strengthen or relax restrictive measures will still be made by regional emergency commissions based on the assessment of the current epidemic situation," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Cabinet decided not to open children's recreation camps until July 1.