Power outages in Ukraine to be banned – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says that the Cabinet of Ministers will decide on the ban on blackouts for the population.

"A government meeting is underway today, during which a number of important decisions will be made. In particular, the ban on blackouts for the population," Zelensky said in a video address on Monday, the press service of the head of state reports.

According to him, the government will approve amendments to the legislation that will allow Ukrposhta to deliver medicines.

The president emphasized that the NBU, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy were given a task to calculate a loan holiday program for business by the end of the week. "The issue of paying benefits to the people who have been laid off because of quarantine should also be resolved," Zelensky noted.

As reported, the national lockdown was introduced in Ukraine until April 3 to counteract the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus infection. In particular, educational establishments and all shops except groceries, pharmacies, gas stations and banks were closed. The operation of subways in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro was suspended. The work of city transport is restricted. The intercity and interregional road, rail and air passenger transportation was stopped. In addition, the foreigners are banned from entering Ukraine and the international passenger services are suspended. The mass events in the country are banned.

As of the morning of March 24, Ukraine confirmed 84 coronavirus cases, including three lethal ones. One patient recovered and was discharged from a hospital.

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