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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has said the ministry does not plan to introduce a new lockdown in Ukraine yet.

"We believe the model that is in effect amid the adaptive quarantine, depending on the basic principles (incidence and hospital bed occupancy), works well," he said during a morning TV show, "Snidanok z 1+1," on September 9.

"For example, the incidence is growing in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, but not in Kherson and Zaporizhia ones. So why should we introduce strict quarantine there?" Stepanov wondered.

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  • The adaptive quarantine was introduced on August 1. The Ukrainian regions were split into the green, yellow, orange, and red zones depending on hospital bed occupancy, the average number of PCR and ELISA tests, the ascertainment rate of COVID-19, and daily spread dynamics.
  • Quarantine-related curbs differ in each zone. The mildest ones are in the green zone, the regions included in the red zone will have to introduce the toughest restrictions.
  • Updated quarantine zoning became effective in Ukraine on August 17. Kyiv became part of the yellow zone.
  • On August 26, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the adaptive quarantine until November 1.