Coronavirus in Ukraine: LIVE Updates

May 1, 2020
Regular updates about the situation with COVID-19 in Ukraine: number of cases and deaths, quarantine and lockdown measures, key trends, vaccination etc

4 March, 21:53 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Starting with March 1 Ukrainians can apply for free vaccination in an online queue accessible through the "Diya" ("Action") app or via a hotline. In the first day of this instrument's operation as many as 45 000 people have registered their applications, whereas the aggregate number of applicants currently exceeds 100 000.
  • Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's healthcare minister, recently stated that Ukraine was planning to do as many as 4-5 million jabs every month. According to him, this would be possible already in summer provided that vaccine deliveries are not jeopardized.
  • According to Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine's Prime Minister, the country is on the threshold of the third wave of the pandemic. The official did not rule out the possibility of a new lockdown's introduction.
  • Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expressed his hope that commercial vaccination will be available for Ukrainians starting this summer.
  • As of March 4, three regions of the country, namely Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Zhytomyr oblasts, are in the red zone. At the same time, Ukraine's chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko says that six more regions, including Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Zakarpattya, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Ternopil oblasts, may soon be added to the list.

28 February, 9:25 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Cherkasy oblast takes the lead among other Ukrainian oblasts in terms of the number of people who were vaccinated – 270. In general, 3051 people in Ukraine has been vaccinated since the start of the campaign.
  • Ukraine is developing a special algorithm that will allow vaccinating the residents of the temporary occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and illegally annexed Crimea. The algorithm is expected to be based upon Diya (Action) application or other online services.
  • As of 28 February, Ukraine ranks 6th among other European countries and 10th among other countries in the world in terms of new COVID-19 cases.

24 February, 18:10 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • As of 24 February, Ukraine returns to the so-called “adaptive quarantine,” which presupposes that all oblasts in the country are divided into four zones – red, orange, yellow and green – depending on the epidemiological situation in respective regions.
  • The first portion of AstraZeneca vaccines (500 thousand doses) came to Ukraine on 23 February. This will allow vaccinating 250 thousand persons.
  • The government does not rule out that commercial sale of vaccines against COVID-19 may become real close to the summer, which will enable Ukrainians’ travels abroad. In general, 16 million Ukrainians are planned to be vaccinated by the end of 2021.
  • Yevhen Horbenko, a doctor working at Cherkasy oblast hospital’s COVID-19 department, became the first vaccinated person in Ukraine. Cherkasy oblast has become the first in Ukraine to receive vaccines against coronavirus in total amount of 16,200 doses.

19 February, 13:50 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says vaccination will start "in the nearest future". Speaking in the Ukrainian parliament today and commenting on delays of the start of vaccination, he said "many other countries, including EU member states, are facing delays in vaccine supplies. He reassured, however, that Ukraine expects the first vaccines to be supplied in February or early March: "Vaccines will be supplied through COVAX, i.e. 8 million doses will be supplied free of charge or with a discount. Pfizer will be supplied in late February or early March," he said.

17 February, 15:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine returns to an "adaptive quarantine", says Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Within this model, "a particular level of quarantine restrictions will be applied in a given Oblast depending on an epidemiological situation in this Oblast," he said. 4 quarantine levels will be applied: red, orange, yellow and green. "Red" level implies strict lockdown; "yellow" level allows mass events (4 m2 per person), football games with spectators (with restricted quantity); restaurants are allowed to work until midnight. "Yellow level" is now applied accross Ukraine.
  • Ukraine is 34th in Europe according to death rate per 1 mln citizens from COVID-19, said Ukraine's public health minister Maksym Stepanov. Death rate per million in Britain is three times higher than in Ukraine, in France two times higher, he said.
  • A critical stituation is taking place in Prykarpattia (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast), hospitals are often 90% full. Ukraine's chief sanitary doctor Viktor Liashko is urgently traveling to the region.
  • Anti-COVID vaccination will start this week, said Ukraine's health minister Maksym Stepanov. It was expected to be started on February 15th, but was delayed due to "technical and bureaucratic" obstacles, he said. He added that medical workers will be the first group to be vaccinated.

13 February, 10:20 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • The European Investment Bank will provide 50 million to help Ukraine in combating the coronavirus. As the EIB President Werner Hoyer and the Prime-Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal agreed, the assistance is aimed at the purchase of the vaccines for the Ukrainian citizens and modern refrigeration equipment for the network of immunization centers.
  • New research says about 13-20% of Ukrainians may have been infected with COVID-19. However, this amount is far to be enough for creating herd immunity. Despite Ukraine's daily number of COVID-19 cases has decreased, the average occupancy rate of hospitals dedicated to treating coronavirus-infected people is 40%.
  • 65% of Ukrainian citizens are ready to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 if the vaccine is available and secure, a new survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology claims.

10 February, 20:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's healthcare minister Maksym Stepanov announced that Ukraine will receive 22 million vaccine doses. Vaccination in Ukraine will start next week.
  • The government has lifted some of the quarantine restrictions, allowing to hold mass cultural and educational events in accordance with quarantine rules.
  • Ukraine will establish a new monitoring and forecasting system of biological threats, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at the forum "Ukraine 30. Coronavirus: Challenges and Responses".

8 February, 09:45 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • In addition to 117 thousand Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses, Ukraine will receive 12 million doses of AstraZeneca and Novavax jabs. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that "12 million doses is a good signal from our partners."
  • Vaccination of Ukraine's Armed Forces will kick-off at the end of February. Servicepeople in Donbas will be vaccinated first.
  • Neither British nor South-African strains of COVID-19 have been discovered in Ukraine so far, Ukraine's healthcare minister Maksym Stepanov said.

4 February, 11:45 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's healthcare minister, stressed that there are no "red quarantine zones" in Ukraine. He also announced that the government would bring back the adaptive quarantine soon.
  • Matti Maasikas, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, announced that first vaccines within the COVAX initiative would arrive in Ukraine in February. Ukraine's PM Denys Shmygal also stressed that the population's vaccination would start in February. At the initial stage, most endangered categories will be vaccinated. Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be used.
  • Denys Shmygal also stated that the government would prolong the quarantine measures in Ukraine until April 30. This is most likely not the final date.

1 February, 9:55 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine has expanded the list of red zone states with Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Cabo Verde, Peru, Barbados, Mexico and Paraguay. As of now, the list contains 74 countries and can be found here.
  • According to Ukraine's Chief Sanitary Doctor Victor Lyashko, Ukraine is going to receive 117 000 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses in February from the COVAX initiative. He further suggested that this number would increase to 2,2 - 3,7 million (including from other producers like AstraZeneca/Oxford) by midyear. On a different occasion he also said that those who won't receive Pfizer shots will be vaccinated with Sinovac's vaccine.
  • Ukraine's authorities have approved the national vaccintation plan for 2021. According to it, as many as 14,4 million Ukrainians will be vaccinated by the end of the year. A more detailed schedule of vaccination broken down by stages can be found here.
  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says that vaccines against COVID-19 will be free for the population. "Vaccine against COVID-19 has to be free. This is not something a state should make money on," he is reported to have said.

28 January, 23:27 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's healthcare minister Maskym Stepanov stated that after the end of the January lockdown the entire country would live under the orange zone regulations for an unspecified period of time, after which adaptive quarantine will be reintroduced.
  • Ukraine's healthcare ministry has launched an interactive map of COVID-19 testing facilities.
  • Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says that mass vaccination in Ukraine will start in mid-February. According to him, as many as 367 000 people will receive shots during the first stage of vaccination.
  • According to a study done by The Economist, as reported by Ukrainian media, Ukraine is not going to gain wide access to vaccines before early 2023.

25 January, 12:01 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • As of today, 25 January, the regime of the enhanced quarantine measures is lifted in Ukraine. According to Maksym Stepanov, healthcare minister, the lockdown on 8-24 January contributed to serious stabilization with regard to epidemiologic situation which helped to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • The government has no plans to introduce one more regime of enhanced quarantine measures, Maksym Stepanov, healthcare minister, stressed.
  • Vitaliy Klychko, Kyiv city mayor, unveiled plans to purchase vaccine against coronavirus to freely vaccinate half a million of Kyiv residents. As he added, the talks on the matter are already being held with a number of American and European producers.
  • The list of "green" and "red" zones countries was updated by Ukraine. The list is available here.

21 January, 15:10 - Rating sociological group has recently made public its new survey of public sentiments of Ukrainians during the enhanced quarantine measures. Here are its key findings:

  • 16% of Ukrainians believe they have already head COVID-19, while 80% of those polled say they have not gone yet through this disease.
  • 51% of respondents say they back the enhanced quarantine measures introduced by the government from 8 till 24 January, while 46% do not support such a decision.
  • 56% of those polled say they do not ready to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 if the vaccine is available in drugstores; 39% claim they are ready to get vaccinated. If vaccination is free, 43% of Ukrainians express readiness to get vaccinated (52% are not ready).

18 January, 9:50 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine will not extend the strict lockdown beyond 24 January, said Ukraine's health minister Maksym Stepanov. The "adaptive quarantine", however, will be prolonged, with a number of soft measures.
  • Anti-Covid vaccination in Ukraine will start in mid-February, according to health minister Maksym Stepanov, quoted by MP Andriy Gerus quotes minister Stepanov. 367,000 Ukrainians will be vaccined during the first stage; next 2,5 million will receive the vaccination during the second stage. 50% of Ukrainians (about 20 million) will get the vaccine in the next 2 years.
  • On Monday, 18 January, Ukraine reported the lowest number of daily new cases since September, 2020.

12 January, 9:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

The number of daily new cases is gradually decreasing in Ukraine since November 2020: from 14,000 - 16,000 in November to 4,000 - 6,000 in January. Look at the graph by Worldometer:

The number of daily deaths is also decreasing since December: from over 200 in November and December, to just under 100 in January. However, it increased to 184 today. Look at the graph by Worldometer:

8 January, 12:00 - Key updates of the past few days: Ukraine introduced new lockdown measures as of January 8th. Key facts about the lockdown:

  • It will last until January 24th, but can be prolonged;
  • cafes, bars and restaurants will be allowed to work only in the "takeout" mode;
  • shops will be closed, except for stores selling foodstuffs;
  • cinemas, theatres and commercial centres (except grocery stores in them) will be closed too;
  • fitness clubs, pools, sports clubs will be closed;
  • markets which are not selling foodstuffs will be closed;
  • mass actions will be banned;
  • education institutions (universities, schools etc) will be closed, except for kindergartens

15 December, 17:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko stated that COVAX [the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility] officially approved over 8 million doses of free COVID-19 vaccine for Ukraine.
  • Thirty-three thousand Ukrainians have already applied for eight-thousand-hryvnias assistance for those entrepreneurs who have suffered losses due to quarantine measures.
  • From December 19, new quarantine restrictions will apply throughout Ukraine according to the Cabinet of Ministers.The newly adopted bans apply to:
    • Events in educational facilities (performances, celebrations, concerts) with participating children from more than one group/class and audience;
    • Festivities, banquets, master classes, public events in entertainment and catering establishments;
    • Visitors in museums, exhibitions, galleries, etc., if there are more than one visitor per 10 sq. meters;
    • Catering establishments — from 23:00 to 7:00 (except for delivery and take-out). Settlement transactions shall be terminated at 22:00. On New Year's night, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to remain open until 01:00; and
    • Religious events in indoor settings with more than one person per 5 sq. meters; and open-air locations – if 1.5-m social distancing rule is not observed.

11 December, 17:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's International Airlines (UIA) announced plans to gradually restore the original network of routes starting from March 28, 2021.
  • Ukraine's PM Denys Schmygal announced that Ukraine would submit the second part of the request for the COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility on December 14, 2020. Last week, the Ministry of Health and the Center for Public Health sent the first part of the request for 8 million doses of the vaccine under the COVAX Facility.
  • Mykhailo Radutskyi, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Health, Medical Assistance, and Medical Insurance, said the authorities might introduce a lockdown earlier than the scheduled date of January 8. If the situation worsens, the government may warn about other dates seven days prior. [...] Nobody would wait for January 8," Radutskyi stressed.
  • Ukraine's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko forecasted the spread of COVID-19 in the country might slow in May 2021. In his opinion, the vaccination of the population that would start in spring would play a significant role in slowing down coronavirus spread.

9 December, 17:07 - Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers adopted a new lockdown for January 8-25.

Here's what will be closed:

  • educational institutions, except for preschool education and specialized institutions;
  • cafes, bars, restaurants (except for takeaway);
  • malls, except for necessities and medicines;
  • beauty salons, cultural institutions, gyms, swimming pools;
  • food and non-food markets will be closed.

Here's what will stay open:

  • public transport;
  • grocery stores;
  • pharmacies;
  • banks;
  • postal operators.

7 December, 11:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's healthcare minister, recently stated that Ukraine was set to receive the first batch of vaccines next spring. According to him, respective documents for the shipment of 8 million doses have already been signed with GAVI.
  • According to the findings of a recent survey done by the Sociological Group "Rating", 40% of Ukrainians are not ready to get vaccinated even if such option is available for free.
  • In his recent Facebook post, Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine's Prime Minister, wrote that there would be no lockdown in Ukraine in December. At the same time, he suggested that given the current dynamics of infection there is going to be a need in a lockdown in early January.

3 December, 15:00 - Key updates of the past days:

  • There will be no restrictions of transport functioning if there is a lockdown in Ukraine, Vladyslav Kryklii, infrastructure minister, said. As he argued, the transport is “artery for economy.”
  • The government cancelled the weekend quarantine restrictions that have been in place since early November. At the same time, according to Prime Minister Shmyhal, the government is examining the ways to enhance the quarantine.
  • The strengthened quarantine may be introduced at the beginning of January 2021 for the period of three weeks, various media report.

30 November, 9:30 - Key updates of the weekend:

  • Davyd Arakhamiia, head of Servant of the People faction, does not rule out so-called “intellectual lockdown” could be established in Ukraine as the response to COVID-19 spread. As he explained, the new restrictive measures will be introduced based upon the situation in the concrete region.
  • Ukraine is 17th in the world in terms of coronavirus cases. At the same time, the highest numbers are registered in the USA (13750404 cases), India (9432075), Brazil (6314740), and Russia (2269316).
  • On 29 November, 1740 COVID-19 cases were registered in Kyiv, which is the highest daily numbers since the start of the pandemic. 11 people died in the capital because of the coronavirus.

27 November, 16:00 - Key updates of the past days:

  • On 27 November, the highest numbers of daily COVID-19 cases in Ukraine were registered – 16,218. Thus, the total number of coronavirus cases in Ukraine since the start of the pandemic has risen up to 693,407.
  • The government does not rule out that the total lockdown in Ukraine could be launched during New Year holidays. “The government does not hide that it is developing the response plan if the situation [with COVID-19] worsens in the country,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
  • Ukrainians will be informed about possible lockdown in the country 7-10 days ahead of its launch, Maksym Stepanov, healthcare minister, vowed.
  • Ukraine’s foreign ministry updated the list of the countries of “red” and “green” zones. According to the updated information, 38 countries have been included into “red” zone list. The whole list is available on foreign ministry’s website.

23 November, 09:45 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law which introduces UAH 170-250 (USD 6-9) fines for not wearing masks in public places and transport.
  • Ukraine's healthcare minister Maksym Stepanov stated that he would demand a complete lockdown if there were 30 thousand new COVID-19 cases registered daily. So far, Stepanov is not completely satisfied with the effect of the "weekend lockdown."
  • Ukraine's PM Denys Shmygal stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers is working on the "Plan B" in case the "weekend lockdown" would not deliver expected results.

18 November, 10:15 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada failed to support the cancellation of the "weekend lockdown" in Ukraine. Only 149 MPs have supported the respective draft law with 226 votes needed.
  • Ukraine's PM Denys Shmygal underlined during his speech at the Verkhovna Rada that a complete lockdown might be considered in several weeks in case the "weekend lockdown" did not deliver expected results.
  • More than 10 thousand Ukrainians have already died from complications caused by COVID-19.

14 November, 10:30 - Key updates of the past day:

  • COVID accomplishes what Zelensky cannot, it has paralyzed the Constitutional Court's operation, with the majority of the 15-member court “either sick or awaiting test results because they have symptoms of coronavirus,” a ‘source’ tells Interfax-Ukraine. One judge, Ihor Slidenko, tells the news agency: “I am reliably aware of two cases of COVID-19 among judges of the Constitutional Court.”
  • With the nationwide ‘weekend quarantine’ starting after midnight tonight, there is scattered resistance. The leaders of Lviv, Rivne and Sloviansk say they will not follow the rules.
  • Epicenter, one of the nation’s largest retailers, announced it is declaring a 72-hour Friday.
  • Yesterday, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov announced a new peak of 11,057 new COVID cases – double the daily average of one month ago. Stepanov told reporters that COVID is spreading in Ukraine at a “hurricane rate,” UBN writes.
  • According to a recent UN report, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing Ukraine into its worst recession in the past several decades.As many as 9 million people risk ending up in poverty, UKRINFORM relays.
  • According to Ukrainian Pravda, Ukraine may receive a vaccine against COVID-19 in the second quarter of 2021.

12 November, 16:15 - Key updates of the past day:

  • Interfax-Ukraine writes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Head of his Office Andriy Yermak are being treated for coronavirus disease at the Feofaniya Clinical Hospital of the Ukrainian government's State Management of Affairs, Yermak's advisor Mykhailo Podoliak said.
  • Denmark has donated 50 ventilators to Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday.
  • With 10 of Ukraine’s 24 regions reporting 70% or higher occupancy rates in their COVID wards, Prime Minister Shmyhal warned yesterday at a televised government meeting: “Given the current situation, by December 10-15, if nothing is done, there will be no places in hospitals even in the corridors.” Earlier, he warned that Ukraine’s infection rate could double from the current level of 10,000 new cases a day to 20,000 by the end of December.
  • Although the Health Ministry is increasing amounts of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by 50%, to 80,000, the Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal warned last week: “We have arrived at the point of no return and are close to catastrophe.” He told the Rada: “The situation is critical not only in Ukraine, but in the whole world. England, France, Austria, Germany, Spain are returning severe quarantine restrictions.”
  • Ukrainian Deputy Health Minister, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Viktor Liashko stated that Ukraine expects to receive up to 8.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine** within the framework of COVAX program, UKRINFORM writes.
  • Ruslan Stefanchuk, Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, also infected with COVID-19, informs.

11 November - Key updates of the past day:

  • Ukraine’s Government approved the introduction of the “weekend lockdown” in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. New restrictive measures will come into force each Saturday midnight and last until each Monday midnight. Public transport will continue its work, but restaurants and entertainment establishments will be closed. The government promised additional financial assistance for businesses and employees, affected by these new measures, reports
  • Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, as well as Dmytro Razumkov, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada were tested positive for COVID-19, UKRINFORM writes.
  • According to sources of Ukrainian Pravda in Ukraine's health ministry, the "weekend lockdown" will last till 31 December 2020.
  • 17 MPs from the "Servant of the People" party contracted the coronavirus disease.
  • During the recent government's session, Maxym Stepanov, Ukraine’s healthcare minister, stated that the complete lockdown for 3 weeks is the best way to break the chain of COVID-19's spreading.

10 November, 8:45 - Key updates of the past day:

  • Ukraine's defence minister Andrii Taran was tested positive for COVID-19, UKRIFORM reports with reference to state's defence ministry. In addition, Serhii Marchenko, Ukraine's finance minister, contracted coronavirus,too, Economic Pravda writes.
  • During a recent briefing, Victor Liashko, Ukraine's Chief State Sanitary Doctor, informed that the state would go for a second stage of pandemic response due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, meaning that tentatively planned operations would not be held. Such a decision was made to increse the amount of hospital beds for patients with coronavirus. At the same time, patients in need of emergency care will have an opportunity to be admitted to the hospital any way.
  • Ukraine has another record of COVID-19 cases as 10 842 people were infected, Ukrainian Pravda reports.

9 November, 18:05 - Key updates of the past day:

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported he was tested positive for COVID-19, but stressed he feels good in his Twitter. "There are no lucky people for whom COVID-19 does not pose a threat. Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test. I feel good and take a lot of vitamins. Promise to isolate myself, but keep working. I will overcome COVID19 as most people do. It's gonna be fine!" Zelensky said.
  • Andriy Yermak, Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office, was tested positive for COVID-19, too. However, he called his state as "normal", Ukrainian Pravda reports.
  • The occupancy rate of hospitals dedicated to treating coronavirus-infected people is 62.4%. The worst situation with the hospital's workload is observed in Poltava region - 92,5%%, in Rivne region - 82.9%, in Cherhihivsky region - 73,8% In Kyiv, 62,4% of beds for coronavirus treatment are currently occupied, according to the data of Ukraine's health ministry.
  • In October the incidence of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine increased by 80% compared to September, UKRINFORM reports.

9 November, 9:45 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine's Government decided to introduce the weekend quarantine, said health minister Stepanov. The quarantine will be applied from 0:00 of Saturday until 0:00 of Monday. Only pharmacies (including veterinary ones), grocery shops, transportation, gas stations will be operating; the government recommends closing commercial and entertainment centres.
  • Ukraine's healthcare system will cope with 15-20 thousand daily COVID-19 cases, said chief sanitary doctor Victor Liashko, adding that it is important to avoid this scenario. Currently Ukraine registers up to 10 thousand daily cases.

6 November, 10:30 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Government is thinking of introducing a 'weekend quarantine'. In an interview to TV channel 1+1 health minister Maksym Stepanov said that he "does not exclude this possibility". The 'weekend quarantine' will imply that most shops and restaurants will be closed over the weekend. Only grosseries, pharmacies will stay open, transport will be operating too. Earlier the Government said it is planning to strengthen quarantine restrictions next week.
  • Government is planning to impose fines on citizens breaking the quarantine rules, for example for not wearing masks in public places and transport. The fines will be around UAH 170-255 (USD 6-9), said health minister Stepanov.
  • Hennadiy Kernes has been re-elected mayor of Kharkiv amid rumours about his death because of COVID-19. His aide Igor Terekhov denied these rumours saying after COVID-19 Kernes has problems with lungs but will return to work closer the first session of the city council work planned for Dec 20.

4 November, 08:30 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Ukraine is 22nd in the list of countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, according to Worldometer.

Its number of daily cases just crossed 9 thousand today, more than twice as high as in early October (4,069 on October 1st).

Its number of daily deaths reached almost 200 today, more than three times as high as a month ago (64 on October 1st).

1 November, 12:05 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has released an updated list of countries in the "red" and "green" zones as of October 30, 2020. The list is available on the website of the Health Ministry. In particular, Ukraine is in the "green zone", with 228.2 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.
  • The Kyiv city council will not transfer schools to distance learning, Ukrinform correspondent reports with reference to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. According to him, 428 schools in Kyiv have returned to classes after the fall holidays. Around 435 classes in 133 schools have been switched to remote learning due to Covid-19 cases among both teachers and pupils.
  • Ukraine's Government has allocated additional money to increase the number of PCR tests.
  • The Government has extended the emergency regime in Ukraine until December 31 2020, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal informed.
  • Producing the COVID-19 vaccine may take at least a year in Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Health, Medical Care and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutskyi warned.

28 October, 18:05 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • President Zelensky demands that beds in hosptitals should be provided with oxygen by 80% as soon as possible. He also raised a question of the reliability of the statistics on those who fell ill and those who recovered," the President's Office reported.
  • Ukraine plans to have 75.000 PCR tests per day by December, Health Minister Stepanov mentioned.
  • All major Ukraine’s regions are not ready to ease quarantine measures introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the data provided by the Health Ministry on October 28.

25 October, 12:34 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Contrary to what he had said a few days ago, President Zelensky stated in a recent interview that authorities would not impose another lockdown even though the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is ever-increasing.
  • In the very same interview, Zelensky also announced production of a Ukrainian vaccine that had been under development for the last six months. At the same time, he refrained from providing any details, since, according to him, the vaccine still had to undergo clinical research studies. The President went as far as to call the vaccine unique, though.
  • Poland's President Andrzej Duda, who met President Zelensky 12 days ago, tested positive for coronavirus, which raised the question about whether Zelensky is infected.
  • Kyiv city mayor Vitaliy Klychko announced that his last coronavirus test came back positive. At the same time, he assured that he was feeling well. The news comes a day before local elections where Klychko seeks reelection as Kyiv city mayor.
  • Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's healthcare minister, said during a recent press briefing that when the number of cases in Ukraine reaches 15 000 a day, authorities would deploy mobile medical units. If that number reaches 20 000 a day, he said, doctors would be forced to choose which patients to treat.

21 October, 23:35 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • During his recent meeting with leaders of religious denominations, President Zelensky said Ukraine would impose a lockdown if the number of daily cases exceeds 9500. He admitted that this would heavily impact the country's economy, though.
  • Ukraine's Central Election Commission says that a city being in a red zone is not a reason to cancel forthcoming local elections there. In the meantime, the Cabinet of Minister allocated 37,4 million hryvnias on anti-epidemic measures during local elections.
  • Ukraine's healthcare minister Maksym Stepanov said that medical students and recent graduates may be summoned to assist in fighting coronavirus where doctors cannot tackle.
  • Ukraine's healthcare ministry called on Ukrainian employers to let as many of their workers work remotely as possible.
  • After their cities ended up in red zones, mayors of Poltava, Chernihiv and Kharkiv refused to stop the circulation of public transport.
  • A new research says 80% Ukrainian have been exposed to coronavirus-related disinformation. Most often messages of such disinformation came down to the artificial origin of the virus, as well as its connection with 5G technologies.

17 October, 9:11 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Contributing to Ukraine’s 1-7 football loss to France in Paris one week ago, Ukraine’s top three goalkeepers were sidelined by coronavirus, leaving the task of defending the net to retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, now 45 years old.
  • 1,800 police officers were infected last week with COVID-19, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told the Cabinet yesterday.
  • In Russia-controlled Crimea there are 6,806 COVID-19 cases, including 1,253 in Sevastopol, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported Friday on Facebook. In the Russia-controlled portions of Luhansk and Donetsk, the situation is “critical,” Pavlo Lysianskiy, Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner for the two areas, wrote Saturday on Facebook.
  • Stanytsia Luhanska, the only crossing point between the Russia-controlled and Ukraine-controlled portions of Luhansk region will be closed through 31 October for quarantine control reasons.
  • Quarantine zones in Ukraine were updated, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Sumy, Poltava, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi fell under the red zone, Ukrainian Pravda reports.
  • Kyiv School of Economics informs that according to their analysis, more than 10 000 new COVID-19 cases may be registered daily.

13 October, 18:30 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Petro Poroshenko, an incumbent MP from the “European Solidarity” political party and Ukraine’s former President was discharged from the hospital, as his state of health had improved, Ukrainian Pravda reports with reference to Poroshenko’s Facebook page.
  • A Ukrainian MP from the “Servant of the people” political party and Chairman of the Parliament's Committee on National Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutskyi said distance learning was set to be introduced in the country's higher education institutions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The start date of the vacation will be determined by the local authorities, but it is optimal if the weeklong break starts next week, by October 15.
  • Mykhailo Radutsky also informed that a preparation for deployment of massive hospitals for infectious hospitals in Kyiv, Odesa and Mariupol is starting in case medical institutions are overloaded during the first and second waves of the pandemic.
  • During the recent session, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers adopted a decision to prolong adaptive quarantine in Ukraine until the end of 2020, Ukrainian Pravda reports.
  • Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers also recommended Ukraine’s higher educational, as well as technical educational facilities to introduce distance learning during 15 October- 15 November, while Ukraine's secondary education facilities will go on a break on 15-30 October. Ukrainian Pravda reports, with reference to Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine's Prime Minister.

9 October, 12:10 - Key recent updates:

  • Over the last three months, the daily toll of new coronavirus infections and new deaths has increased seven fold. Yesterday, new infections inched up to 5,397 and daily deaths to 93. By comparison, on July 7, the Health Ministry reported 807 new infections and 13 deaths.
  • More than 20,000 people are hospitalized with coronavirus, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov warned yesterday in a televised briefing. He said: “The medical system will simply not stand it if we all, without exception, simply do not begin to adhere to the rules.”
  • Overworked doctors interviewed by the Associated Press for an article – “Virus Wallops Ukraine” – predicted that a looming shortage of hospital beds would force the government to re-impose a strict quarantine next month.
  • Nationwide, the highest hospital occupancy rates were: Donetsk region – 95%; Luhansk region - 90.5%; and Odesa region – 78%. Yesterday morning, the largest numbers of new cases were recorded in: Kharkiv region – 576; Kyiv city – 422; Odesa region – 367; Sumy region – 312; Dnipropetrovsk region – 306; and Donetsk region -- 294.
  • With patients filling about 75% of Kyiv’s coronavirus hospital beds, Kyiv, Ukraine’s largest city, will be demoted Monday from “yellow” to “orange” level of quarantine. At the new level, all hostels, gyms and cultural institutions are to close. Restaurants must close after 10:00 pm. Kyiv is closing schools on Oct. 21, two days before the scheduled start of traditional late October weeklong break.
  • Next year, there will be not a dedicated coronavirus budget, only increased funds for the Health Ministry and $100 million for a national vaccination program, Rada chairman Dmytro Razumkov said on the “Breakfast with 1 + 1” TV program. Of this year’s $2.3 billion Covid Program, half was diverted to road construction.

8 October, 10:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Epidemiologist predicts up to 12,000 daily COVID-19 cases in Ukraine in November.
  • Ukraine will be able to receive up to eight million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from EU, as a participant in the initiative of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX) fund, to which the EU has allocated 400 million euro to purchase about two billion doses of the vaccine, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna.
  • The health condition of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is worsening after the positive test. "He has bilateral pneumonia. He is in hospital, he is receiving combination therapy. Unfortunately, his blood condition has worsened now – it is very thick. Doctors cannot even take it for testing to monitor the condition and see the course of the disease," Maryna Poroshenko told.

5 October, 10:00 - Key updates of the past few days:

  • Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia after he tested positive for COVID-19. Poroshenko, who suffers from diabetes, had been tested positive for coronavirus on 29 September. His health condition is unknown.
  • Kyiv agreed with the proposal of the Ukrainian Football Association to hold international matches under the auspices of UEFA with the partial involvement of fans up to 30% of the capacity of stadiums, Ukrainska Pravda reports.
  • Ukraine ranks 5th in the world for daily new corona infections – after India, US, Russia and Mexico, according to the Worldometer daily tally of new cases.
  • To date, about half of actual spending from the government $2.4 billion COVID-19 Fund has gone for fixing roads, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko tells RFE/RL in an interview. As of Sept. 19, only 35% of the Fund had been spent, about half for roads and about half for medical supplies and salaries. Calling this a ‘normal’ decision, he said money had been moved to roads due to “ineffective usage by some ministries” responsible for fighting COVID.

1 October, 19:00 - Key updates of the past days:

  • From 28 September onwards, foreigners have been allowed to enter the country. The ban to enter Ukraine during the COVID-19 pandemic has expired, the State Border Guard Service reported.
  • Only the city of Ternopil and Kaniv (Cherkasy Oblast) have been reported to be in the red zone, as of 1 October. Kyiv is in the so-called yellow zone.
  • Head of the WHO Office in Ukraine Jarno Habicht forecasts the deterioration of the coronavirus situation in Ukraine. The organization says there might be up to 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine every day.
  • As of 29 September, 39% of the allocated funds (25.8 billion hryvnias) have already been used from the anti-COVID-19 Fund.
  • Strict quarantine would not be imposed in Ukraine, the chief sanitary doctor, Viktor Lyashko, said. The government "would look for a middle ground between economic and epidemic restrictions".
  • Ukraine's Parliament is under quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak among MPs. This month they will work in the Verkhovna Rada only on 20 October.
  • ELISA test for antibodies to COVID-19 should be done for free before scheduled hospitalization, the Health Minister, Maksym Stepanov, argued.

27 September, 12:00 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Only 45% of Ukrainians are ready to vote in local elections (scheduled for October 25) due to dire situation with coronavirus, a poll by "Rating" group shows. Meanwhile, 23% are still considering whether to vote, 10% said they might vote, while 21% are higly likely not to vote. This sets us up for a very low turnout on the election day;
  • Share of patients who have COVID-19 in a comlicated form has been increasing, Ukraine's healthcare minister Maksym Stepanov said.

23 September, 18:00 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Ukraine still sees a drastic increase in the daily new COVID-19 cases.
  • Only Kirovohrad and Kherson regions are ready for loosening quarantine measures. Meanwhile, Kyiv and other Oblasts do not meet the necessary threshold of 40 active COVID-19 cases per 100 thousand people;
  • On September 22, Kyiv crossed the mark of 20 thousand registered COVID-19 cases;
  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky stated during his visit to Ternopil Oblast that the whole pandemic situation in Ukraine would be easier to regulate if there were no upcoming local elections. In his opinion, some local politicians disregard quarantine measures to boost their popularity

18 September, 10:01 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Restrictions within new quarantine zones have become operational in Ukraine as of 14 September. The most severe restrictions are in the red zone, while orange and yellow zones presuppose not so strict rules to obey because of coronavirus spread.
  • Hennadiy Kernes, Kharkiv city mayor, had been tested positive for coronavirus. Because of complications triggered by the COVID-19, he was urgently transported to Germany, to undergo medical treatment in Berlin-based Charité clinic.
  • Due to the funding by the European Union and procurement by the WHO, more than 100 oxygen concentrators arrived in Ukraine on 16 September. This equipment will enable more than 44 frontline hospitals to help patients recover from severe illness because of COVID-19.
  • Ukraine registers record number of deaths per day on 16 September. According to the statistics, 76 people died because of COVID-19 that day.
  • On 17 September, for the first time since the start of pandemic in Ukraine, 3,584 COVID cases per day were registered in the country.

12 September, 16:50 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Kyiv is experiencing a substantial increase of the COVID-19 cases. It was put into the "organge zone" by the government for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Kyiv now goes second after Lviv oblast in the number of COVID-19 cases.
  • The following restrictions will apply in Kyiv as of 14 September:
    • hostels and tourist accomodations will be closed (hotels will stay open)
    • entertainment places (night clubs etc) will be closed at night
    • fitness centres will be closed (except those able to ensure not more than 1 patient per 10m2)
    • restrictions will apply to education institutions - for example, the number of pupils in the classrooms should not exceed 20
    • previous rules will continue to apply: people should wear masks in public places; people should always have their IDs when going outside; public transport should restrict the number of passengers (only seating passengers are allowed) etc
  • The Public health ministry said this week that the "red zone" rules can be applied to the whole country if the situation deteriorates. Today public health minister Stepanov said Ukraine can lack doctors if the situation gets worse. He also hinted that citizens are not responsible enough, and this lack of responsibility is causing the fast increase of the number of daily cases and deaths.

9 September, 9:34 - Key updates of the past days:

  • Ukraine has seen a drastic increase of the daily new COVID-19 cases during the last month. While in early August daily new cases were around 1,000, their number increased to around 1,500 by mid-August, and to around 2,500 at the beginning of September (+2,551 today, September 9th). Look at this graph from

  • The same applies to daily death rates. While in early August they were around 20, now they are around 50 (+45 today). Again, look at the graph from

6 September, 23:30 - Key updates of today:

  • Citizens of the United States, Germany and Canada, who came to visit their parents in Ukraine, were not allowed to cross the border and leave the airport in Lviv, because the State Border Guard Service considered only people under 18 years old as children.
  • The Ministry of Health updated the steps that doctors should take regarding patients with coronavirus symptoms. Key stages:
  • the patient should see its family doctor who will consult her/him by phone and decide whether hospitalization is necessary, and come see the patient if needed;
  • the patient can call a mobile team to take samples for a coronavirus test. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, the infected person might be provided medical care;
  • if the infected person does not have a family doctor (did not sign a declaration with any), he/she can ask for help by calling the regional hotline for coronavirus.

6 September, 11:40 - Ukraine confirmed 135 894 COVID-19 cases in total (+2 107 on September 5). 62 227 people recovered (+578 on September 5), 2 846 people died (+35 on September 5).

5 September, 21:22 - Key updates as of 5 September:

  • On 5 September, Ukraine records the highest numbers of daily COVID-19 cases beginning from the stat of pandemic - 2838.
  • Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, says that economic crisis triggered by coronavirus outbreak will continue in 2021. “That is why we should learn how to live in the world under the conditions of COVID-19,” he stressed.
  • Starting from Monday, 7 September, Ukraine imposes new quarantine zoning dividing the country into red, orange and yellow zones.

5 September, 9:55 - Ukraine confirmed 133 787 COVID-19 cases in total (+2 836 on September 4). 61 649 people recovered (+1036 on September 4), 2 811 people died (+50 on September 4).

4 September, 20:01 - Key updates as of 4 September:

  • Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal pledges the government is not going to impose the same strict quarantine restrictions because of COVID-19 spread as it did in spring 2020.
  • Kyiv reports 319 new COVID-19 cases as per the last 24 hours. The highest numbers of infected persons were registered in Darnytskiy, Dniprovskiy and Sviatoshynskiy districts of the capital.
  • 48 countries worldwide entered their borders for Ukrainians amid coronavirus pandemic. The whole list is available here.

4 September, 12:00 - Ukraine confirmed 130 951 COVID-19 cases in total (+2 723 on September 3). 60 613 people recovered (+937 on September 3), 2 761 people died (+51 on September 3).

3 September, 20:21 - Key updates of 3 September:

  • All schools in Ukraine will be checked for the observance of quarantine restrictions. Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, commissioned minister for communities and territories development Oleksiy Chernyshov and Shkarlet Serhii, acting minister of education and science of Ukraine to check educational institutions in the regions for the observance of epidemiological rules, UKRINFORM reports with reference to government’s website.
  • Davyd Arakhamiia, an incumbent MP and Chairperson of the "Servant of the People" political party, believes that postponing the local elections due to the COVID-19 outbreak is not possible.
  • Ukrainian quarantine zones were updated. Ternopil, as well as other 9 towns were added to the red zone. Particularly towns in Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Rivne, Ternopil regions.
  • Ukraine’s customs service suspends personal reception of citizens in order to prevent possible spreading of COVID-19, UKRINFORM reports with reference to the information published on the Facebook page of the press service of the body.

3 September, 9:25 - Ukraine confirmed 128 228 COVID-19 cases in total (+2 430 on September 2). 59 676 people recovered (+859 on September 2), 2 710 people died (+54 on September 2).

2 September, 18:46 - Key updates of 2 September:

28 May, 12:35 - A spike was also reported in the number of doctors tested positive for coronavirus. 104 new cases among doctors were registered yesterday, compared to 58 on the previous day. In total, 4,345 doctors are infected with COVID-19, i.e. 19.4% of the total number of virus cases in Ukraine.

28 May, 10:00 - Ukraine reports a spike in COVID-19 cases after partial lifting of the lockdown: 477 new cases were registered yesterday (22,382 in total). But the number of the recovered is also big (444 yesterday, 8,439 in total). 669 people died of the disease in total (+11 yesterday).

27 May, 15:40 - In Kyiv, trade and commercial centres (TCCs) will open on May 30th, Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klychnko said during today's press conference. Entertainment zones in TCCs will stay closed, however. Hotels can also open on May 30th; hostels will stay closed, he said.

27 May, 15:04 - Uliana Suprun, Ukraine's former acting health minister and the architector of Ukrainian medical reform, wrote a column published on explaining if tuberculosis vaccine (BCG) can diminish chances to have COVID-19 infection. She denied this hypothesis saying that the vaccine prevents tuberculosis for children but has little influence on adults. Earlier a hypothesis was voiced by several doctors in Ukraine that high BCG vaccination rate in Ukraine can be a reason why Ukrainian citizens were relatively resilient to COVID-19.

27 May, 10:00 - Ukraine has reported 21 905 cases of the coronavirus over the past day (+321 new cases on May 26). 7 995 recovered (+420 on May 26), 658 died from COVID-19 (+14 on May 26).

26 May, 19:05 - Ukrainian Premier League is allowed to resume football matches from May 30. The date was approved by the Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov.

26 May, 18:00 - President Zelensky asked the Cabinet of Ministers to provide insurance for all doctors who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine.

26 May, 13:00 - Another stage of lifting the lockdown is planned for 1 June. This will include reopening of rail and bus travel between cities, schools, gyms and swimming pools (with safety measures in place).

26 May, 09:50 - Ukraine has reported 21 584 cases of the coronavirus over the past day (+339 new cases on 25 May). 7 575 recovered (+341 on 25 May), 644 died from COVID-19 (+21 on 25 May).

25 May, 10:20 - Ukraine confirmed 21 245 cases of coronavirus (+259 on May 24). 623 people died from COVID-19 (+6 on May 24), 7234 patients recovered (+126 on May 24).

24 May, 09:30 - Ukraine confirmed 20 986 cases of coronavirus (+406 on May 23). 617 people died from COVID-19 (+12 on May 22), 7099 patients recovered (+170 on May 23).

23 May, 11:10 - Overland public transport in Kyiv will operate in regular mode in less than an hour, since noon of May 23.

23 May, 10:00 - Ukraine confirmed 20,580 cases of coronavirus (+432 on May 22). 605 people died from COVID-19 (+17 on May 22), 6929 patients recovered (+344 on May 22).

22 May, 19:25 - Lviv Oblast decided to delay the quarantine mitigation until 29 May due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the region.

22 May, 15:25 - The second stage of quarantine mitigation has begun today. Below are several stages of lifting the restrictions if the epidemiological situation allows.

22 May, 12:20 - 11 oblasts and the city of Kyiv are not ready for the second stage of quarantine restrictions removal that had been planned for today. Volyn, Dnipro, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Poltava, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Chernivtsi and Zakarpattya regions still report a large number of patients with COVID-19, high occupancy of hospital beds and low number of tests for coronavirus performed.

22 May, 09:40 - Ukraine confirmed 20,148 cases of coronavirus (+442 on May 21). 588 people died from COVID-19 (+9 on May 21), 6,585 patients recovered (+358 on May 21).

21 May, 16:30 - European ambassadors, including Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, delivered protective healthcare goods – protective gloves, masks, glasses, respirators, disinfectants – to healthcare workers in 936 amalgamated hromadas in need to help them cope with COVID-19 outbreak. “Healthy hromadas are the foundation of strong Ukraine. I am proud that the EU and its member states through U-LEAD can support Ukraine’s rural communities and small cities in beating COVID-19,” Maasikas stressed.

21 May, 9:45 - Ukraine confirmed 19,706 cases of coronavirus (+476 on May 20). 579 people died from COVID-19 (+15 on May 20), 6227 patients recovered (+272 on May 20).

20 May, 16:50 - Vladyslav Kryklii, Ukraine's infrastructure minister, announced the full schedule of reopening transport in Ukraine:

  • May 22 — public transportation; suburban, regional transport;
  • May 25 — subways;
  • June 1 — railroad connections;
  • June 15 — air travel.

20 May, 16:35 - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed during a press conference on his first year in office that Ukraine can pass through all stages of quarantine-exit in a month. He noted, however, that this would be possible if there is no second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

20 May, 16:30 - the Cabinet of Ministers adopted an "adaptive quarantine" for May 22-June 22 meaning that the restrictive measures will vary from region to region based on the epidemiologic situation. Additionally, the government announced another lifting of some quarantine measures.

Since 22 May:

  • public, suburban and regional transport will be reopened;
  • hotels will resume work (without restaurants and pools);
  • sports competitions with less than 50 participants can be held without audience;
  • religious services will be allowed, but there should be no more than 1 visitor per 10 sq. m. of the church.

Since 25 May:

  • subways will be reopened;
  • kindergartens will be reopened.

20 May, 12:07 - Oleh Meidych, an MP from Batkivshchyna parliamentary group, tested positive for coronavirus. Due to this, the whole group went into self-isolation.

20 May, 10:30 - Ukraine confirmed 19,230 cases of coronavirus (+354 on May 19). 564 people died from COVID-19 (+16 on May 19), 5955 patients recovered (+323 on May 19).

19 May, 16:30 - From 22 May, Ukraine will begin to gradually mitigate quarantine restrictions every 10 days. New stages of the so-called adaptive quarantine will be implemented based on the number of new coronavirus cases in 7 days, the number of occupied beds in hospitals, and the number of tests performed. Tomorrow the Cabinet of Ministers will consider the reopening of public transport, hotels (excluding restaurants) and other measures.

19 May, 09:15 - Ukraine confirmed 18 876 cases of coronavirus (+260 on May 18). 548 people died from COVID-19 (+13 on May 18), 5632 patients recovered (+356 on May 18).

18 May, 14:05 - Ukrainian Health Ministry will advocate for allowing to visit beaches amid COVID-19 outbreak. Based upon the researches made by Ukrainian scientists, ministry says it believes seawater and solar irradiation are able to destroy COVID-19 disease agent. “That’s why it will be allowed to open beach season in Ukraine,” Viktor Liashko, chief state sanitary doctor, said.

18 May, 10:15 - Ukraine confirmed 18,616 cases of coronavirus (+325 on May 17). 535 people died from COVID-19 (+21 on May 17), 5276 patients recovered (+160 on May 17).

17 May, 9:56 - Ukraine confirmed 18,291 cases of coronavirus (+433 on May 16). 514 people died from COVID-19 (+17 on May 16), 5116 patients recovered (+210 on May 16).

16 May, 14:51 - According to the scientists of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute,” the daily number of registered COVID-19 cases in Ukraine might be decreasing by the end of May.

16 May, 09:50 - Ukraine confirmed 17,858 cases of coronavirus (+528 on May 15). 497 people died from COVID-19 (+21 on May 15), 4906 patients recovered (+433 on May 15). The country has done 220,638 tests in total.

15 May, 16:25 - A new outbreak of COVID-19 happened in Darnytsia boarding-school in Kyiv. 81 people (53 students and 28 employees) were tested positive for coronavirus.

15 May, 15:45 - Ukraine might start mass testing for antibodies to coronavirus as early as next week. The Ministry of Health plans to implement ELISA testing algorithm which would help see if any cases of coronavirus were missed.

15 May, 11:30 - Ukraine confirmed 17,330 cases of coronavirus (+483 on May 14). 476 people died from COVID-19 (+20 on May 14), 4,473 patients recovered (+330 on May 14).In the past day, Ukraine performed 8,996 which is the biggest number since the start of the pandemic in the country.

14 May, 10:00 - Ukraine confirmed 16,847 cases of coronavirus (+422 on May 13). 456 people died from COVID-19 (+17 on May 13), 4,143 patients recovered (+427 on May 13).

13 May, 18:54 - the quarantine will not be cancelled on May 22, but some more restrictions will be lifted, President Zelensky said. This concerns sports competitions, hotels and external independent evaluation (examinations for admission to universities in Ukraine), but no details were provided yet.

13 May, 14:32 - Ukraine's parliament will switch back to the regular mode of operations on May 18, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov announced.

13 May, 12:30 - Ukraine's won't lift quarantine entirely until a cure for coronavirus is found, Ukraine's PM Denys Shmygal said. However, the government will be gradually lifting the restrictions taking into consideration the epidemiologic situation.

13 May, 09:56 - Ukraine confirmed 16,425 cases of coronavirus (+402 on May 12). 439 people died from COVID-19 (+14 on May 12), 3,716 patients recovered (+343 on May 12).

12 May, 18:20 - Almost 7,000 businessmen applied for financial assistance from the state to pay their employees in the period of quarantine. As of today, 1,715 positive decisions have been made to ensure payments for 25,777 employees.

12 May, 14:30 - Quarantine will be extended after 22 May, Ukraine's PM Denys Shmyhal warned. The lockdown will be lifted when the number of people recovered exceeds the death rate from COVID-19 per day, he added. This, according to the PM, would mean that Ukraine had passed the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

12 May, 10:50 - Kyiv is lifting some of the anti-epidemic restrictions. From today, the city council allows to open:

  • non-food stores (with a total area of up to 300 square meters);
  • beauty salons, hairdressers and other consumer services (with a total area of up to 300 square meters);
  • outdoor seatings of cafes and restaurants (with safety measures observed);
  • parks and squares: groups of no more than two people or two adults and two children (the number of children is not limited for large families);
  • small productions of non-food goods and consumer services enterprises (studios, household services and others);
  • law firms and notary offices, auditors;
  • drive-in cinema.

These limitations allow 10 square meters of space per person.

12 May, 09:50 - Ukraine confirmed 16,023 cases of coronavirus (+375 on 11 May). 425 people died from COVID-19 (+17 on 11 May), 3,373 patients recovered (+85 on 11 May). The country has done 187,307 tests in total.

11 May, 13:50 - The leadership of the Lviv Oblast has decided to postpone the first stage of the quarantine's lift by four days because of the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

11 May, 10:55 - Ukraine confirmed 15,648 cases of coronavirus (+416 on 10 May). 408 people died from COVID-19 (+17 on 10 May), 3,288 patients recovered (+228 on 10 May)

10 May, 11:15 - Around 3,000 medical workers were tested positive for coronavirus in Ukraine. 110 new cases were registered in the past day. 21 health workers died from COVID-19.

10 May, 10:30 - Ukraine confirmed 15,232 cases of coronavirus (+522 on 9 May). 391 people died from COVID-19 (+15 on 9 May), 3,060 patients recovered (+151 on 9 May).

9 May, 13:15 - The number of people who recovered from coronavirus, is bigger than the number of new cases in eight Ukrainian Oblasts, reports Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.

9 May, 10:00 - Ukraine confirmed 14,710 cases of coronavirus (+515 on 8 May). 376 people died from COVID-19 (+15 on 8 May), 2,909 patients recovered (+203 on 8 May).

8 May, 16:05 - 59 Ukrainian laboratories are doing PCR-tests to detect coronavirus disease. The highest number of such tests is being conducted inChernivtsi, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Kherson and Cherkasy.

8 May, 09:32 - Ukraine confirmed 14,195 cases of coronavirus (+504 on 7 May). 361 people died from COVID-19 (+21 on 7 May), 2,706 patients recovered (+310 on 7 May).

7 May, 11:00 - Public transportation lockdown will be prolonged at least until May 22nd, said Ukraine's infrastructure minister Vladyslav Krykliy in a TV interview. After this date it will be gradually opened, but will function "in a new reality", he said. People will be obliged to wear masks, temperature control and disinfection will be implemented. Metro will most probably be closed even after May 22nd, as it is virtually impossible to control the number of people in a metro vagon, he said.

7 May, 10:45 - The number of coronavirus cases in Ukraine reached 13,691 as of 7 May (+507). 340 people died from the disease (+13), 2,396 recovered (+299).

6 May, 17:55 - In his recent interview Viktor Lyashko, Ukraine's deputy healthcare minister, said that Ukraine had reached the peak of the coronavirus's spread back on 17 April and has been on the plateau of the pandemic ever since.

6 May, 16:30 - Ukraine' foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said that internatonal airline connections would not be fully resotred during the summer months. He also expressed his hope that such restoration would intensify in September-October.

6 May, 10:20 - Ukraine confirmed 13,184 cases of coronavirus (+487 on 5 May). 327 people died from COVID-19 (+11 on 5 May), 2,097 patients recovered (+222 on 5 May).

5 May, 19:50 - The EU Council approved the allocation of 1.2 billion euro to Ukraine to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Ukraine is one of ten neighboring countries, to which in total up to 3 billion euro of assistance will be allocated, Interfax reports.

5 May, 15:17 - Ukraine has spent 374 million 620 thousand hryvnias (more than 13,8 million dollars) from the special Fund on Elimination of Consequences of COVID-19. Most of the money were allocated to purchase personal protective equipment, the Office of the President reported.

5 May, 12:50 - The quarantine "most likely" will be extended after 22 May in Ukraine, PM Denys Shmyhal assumed on Ukrainian Radio. Subsequent steps of easing the restrictions will apply, "if the situation in the country allows", he added.

5 May, 9:30 - 12,697 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ukraine (+366 on 4 May). 316 people died from COVID-19 (+13 on 4 May), 1,875 patients recovered (+256 on 4 May).

4 May, 14:35 - During its today’s extraordinary meeting, the government prolonged quarantine till 22 May. However, despite the prolongation, the country will see some easing already as of 11 May. It is planned, among others, to allow people visiting parks and recreational areas, to open hair studios and beauty salons, to open cafes for takeout services only, as well as non-food stores, car-wash services, etc. – provided quarantine measures are strictly met.

4 May, 10:45 - 12,331 cases of coronavirus disease registered in Ukraine (+418 on 3 May). 303 people died in total (+15 on 3 May), 1,619 recovered (+72 on 3 May).

3 May, 11:50 - 11,913 cases of coronavirus disease registered in Ukraine (+502 on 2 May). 288 people died in total (+9 on 2 May), 1,547 recovered (+49 on 2 May).

2 May, 09:45 - 11411 cases of coronavirus disease registered in Ukraine (+550 on 1 May). 279 people died in total (+7 on 1 May), 1498 recovered (+85 on 1 May).

1 May, 12:00 - 10 861 cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Ukraine (+455 new cases on 30 April), Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov informed. 1413 patients recovered (+175 on 30 April), 272 died (+11 on 30 April).


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