Coronavirus in Ukraine: LIVE Updates

May 1, 2020
The Ukrainian government faces a challenge to prevent the virus from spreading and not letting panic take over.
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29 May, 16:50 - Ukraine's Supreme Court urged the Constitution Court to check urgently (during one month) whether quarantine measures in Ukraine violate the freedom of movement.

29 May, 09:50 - Ukraine has reported 22 811 cases of the coronavirus (+429 new cases on May 28). 8934 recovered (+495 on May 28), 679 died from COVID-19 (+10 on May 28).


28 May, 12:53 - Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, is gradually lifting the lockdown. Metro is working, and cafes open their outdoor terraces. Watch our short video about how it looks now.

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 NV.ua 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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