Seven regions not ready for quarantine easing in Ukraine – health ministry.

These are Donetsk, Luhansk, Lviv, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Rivne, and Chernivtsi regions.

Photo from UNIAN

Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine's Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko has said seven regions are not ready to switch to the next stage of quarantine relaxation.

Speaking during an online briefing, he said today COVID-19-related hospital load exceeds 50% only in one region, namely Chernivtsi region, where the rate is 54.5%, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

The official said three regions do not meet the requirements, set by government, for the average number of COVID-19 tests.

"The average number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme immunoassay tests should exceed 12 per 100,000 population over the past seven days. Today we have listed new indicators, and currently Donetsk region (nine tests per 100,000 people), Luhansk region (nine tests per 100,000 people) and Lviv region (11.98 tests per 100,000 people) do not meet criteria for testing," he said.

In addition, Liashko said Volyn, Zakarpattia, Lviv, Rivne and Chernivtsi regions had not met the incidence rate requirements for the past seven days.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers on May 20 decided to introduce an adaptive quarantine in the country from May 22 to June 22, taking into account the epidemiological situation in the regions.

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In particular, the government introduced certain indicators: an incidence – the average number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past seven days per 100,000 people, which should be lower than 12 cases per 100,000 people; bed occupancy in hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients should be below 50%; and the number of tests done with the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme immunoassay methods should be more than 12 per 100,000 populaiton over the past seven days.

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