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Scoop of the day: Ukraine to extend quarantine but ease restrictions

Coronavirus

Ukraine has extended the coronavirus quarantine until 22 May but will ease some of the restrictions as of 11 May, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said. Beauty salons, summer terraces of cafes and restaurants, parks, recreation zones will be allowed to open.

The president's envoy to parliament, Vasyl Mokan, ha said that the last phase of the government's five-step quarantine withdrawal plan is tentatively expected to take place in late June-September, depending on the epidemiological situation in the country.

The USA will increase Covid-19 assistance to Ukraine from $9.1m to $14.5m, Ukraine's embassy in the USA has said.

Kyiv has allowed small eateries to reopen for takeout food and drinks only as of 5 May.

Twelve employees of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Mykolayiv Region have tested positive for coronavirus, its press service has said. The plant management is taking efforts to curb the spread.

There have been 12,331 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 303 deaths and 1,619 recoveries.

Health reform

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that he cannot allow the second stage of health reform, which took off on 1 April, to continue in its current form. He called on the health care community to urgently draft solutions to the most acute issues.

Land reform

Fourty-eight MPs led by Fatherland leader Yuliya Tymoshenko have challenged the farmland law in the Constitutional Court, demanding that it should be recognized absolutely unconstitutional.

Politics

Parliament will convene another extraordinary session on 12 May, according to speaker Dmytro Razumkov. MPs are yet to pass the so-called anti-Kolomoyskyy bill, preventing former owners from claiming their nationalised banks.

Were a presidential election be held this weekend, 42.6% of Ukrainians would vote for Zelensky in the first round, 14.9% for Petro Poroshenko and 12.2% for pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life member Yuriy Boyko, a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found out.

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court has arrested fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych for two months in absentia in the case on the usurpation of power. In 2010, the Constitutional Court reinstated the 1996 constitution giving more powers to the president.

Russia sanctions

The EU and the USA must keep Russia sanctions, which were introduced over its aggression and violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity, until all occupied territories are returned to Ukraine, presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak has said at an online discussion organised by the Atlantic Council.

Economy

Uber Eats, a food delivery service, has announced that it will be leaving Ukraine and seven other countries as of 3 June 2020. The Uber taxi will continue operation.

Coming up

The LBTV Youtube channel will host an online presentation of results of the sociological study "Reforms in Ukraine. Are positive changes possible in the conditions of the economic crisis and quarantine?". The event will begin at noon on 7 May. The survey was conducted by Gorshenin Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine within the framework of the research "Reforms in Ukraine: changes for the better or imitation of progress".

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