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Scoop of the day: PM expects coronavirus peak to end on 8-9 May

Scoop of the day: PM expects coronavirus peak to end on 8-9 May

Coronavirus

There have been 12,697 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 316 deaths and 1,875 recoveries by the morning of 5 May.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expects the peak of the coronavirus epidemic to end on 8-9 May.

The Health Ministry has permitted the clinical trial of Bioven as a potential coronavirus treatment in five hospitals. The medicine is produced by Biofarma Plazma Ltd.

The EU Council has agreed the allocation of 1.2bn euros in macrofinancial assistance to Ukraine to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The directors of large Ukrainian museums have addressed the Cabinet of Ministers over the planned easing of quarantine restrictions. They said that it was unreasonable to reopen museums as in the absence of public transport their staff cannot report to work. Besides most of the staff are people of over 60 years of age, who are in the risk group during the pandemic.

Parliament will convene another extraordinary session on 7 May to discuss the bills on medics' insurance and on improving the health care system's capability to withstand the coronavirus, according to speaker Dmytro Razumkov.

Donbas settlement

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a decree to form Ukraine's delegation to the trilateral contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. Earlier, Ukraine had authorised representatives to the group. The delegation is headed by ex-President Leonid Kuchma, his first deputy is Reintegration Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and deputy – MP Oleksandr Merezhko. Deputy Defence Minister Oleksandr Polishchuk will represent Ukraine in the security subgroup, MP Andriy Kostin in the political subgroup and MP Halyna Treyakova on the humanitarian subgroup.

Out of around 1.6m residents of the occupied territories in Donbas, 180,000-200,000 have been issued with Russian passports, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov has said in an interview with LB.ua.

As of 30 April, there were 214 Ukrainians illegally held in occupied Donbas, according to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Economy

The Energy and Environmental Protection Ministry has suggested that the national nuclear energy company Enerhoatom should consider using its capacities to mine cryptocurrencies. A number of news websites published acting Energy Minister Olha Buslavets's letter to this effect to the directorate for the development of nuclear electricity and atomic industry of Enerhoatom.

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