Ukraine could tighten lockdown restrictions as COVID-19 picture worsens – Reuters

Medical personnel stand next to ambulances with COVID-19 patients as they wait in the queue at a hospital for people infected with coronavirus disease in Kyiv, Ukraine March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian government commission will meet soon to decide whether to tighten coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told a televised government meeting on Wednesday.

Ukraine lifted lockdown restrictions as cases dropped over the summer but could impose a nationwide “yellow” code, which restricts mass events, and limits the occupancy rates of gyms, cinemas and other culture venues.

“The epidemiological situation in Ukraine is predicted to deteriorate … we see a tendency towards an increase in hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19, but the situation is not critical,” said Health Minister Viktor Lyashko.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Catherine Evans

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