Ukrainian Prime Minister says COVID-19 quarantine to be extended beyond 22 May

Ukrainian Prime Minister says COVID-19 quarantine to be extended beyond 22 May
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The nationwide quarantine in Ukraine, introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to be prolonged beyond 22 May, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Earlier this month, the Ukrainian government extended the quarantine until 22 May, while some restrictions, including bans on walks in parks and trade of non-food items, had been partially lifted on Monday.

"Officially, the quarantine is until 22 May, but this is not the final date. We will continue [extending]," Shmyhal said in a televised interview.

The prime minister added that the government was currently deciding on the time frame for each of the five stages of quarantine withdrawal.

"It is difficult to predict today... Now we are at the peak of the [COVID-19] infections rate... We have not had a day when the number of those who recovered exceeded or was equal to the number of active cases. This will be a very important turning point at which would be able to understand that we have passed the peak and can start moving down," Shmyhal added.

The nationwide quarantine to contain the coronavirus was declared in Ukraine on March 12 and has since been extended several times.

To date, the country has confirmed 16,023 COVID-19 cases. The death toll has reached 425, while the number of recovered patients has risen to 3,373, according to the Ukrainian Health Ministry.

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