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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said current incidence rates of COVID-19 allow considering further quarantine easing stages.

"Current figures allow us to consider further stages of quarantine easing and move forward with planning. However, we need to monitor the developments as figures may change. We cannot allow large outbreaks of coronavirus," Zelensky told a regular meeting on preventing the spread of coronavirus held via video link, attended by representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers and law enforcement, according to the president's press service.

Also at the meeting, the Health Ministry reported the number of patients suffering from pneumonia was declining.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Europe keeps adhering to quarantine restrictions, albeit with some easing.

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The participants also discussed measures taken by other countries to safely exit quarantine, as well as possible stages of restrictions easing in Ukraine.

In addition, it was announced 569 food markets had already started operating.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ukraine exceeded 16,000 on Tuesday morning. Of them, 375 cases were reported in the past 24 hours.