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Scoop of the weekend: Substandard Covid-19 tests, massive data leak

Scoop of the weekend: Substandard Covid-19 tests, massive data leak

Coronavirus

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that the current coronavirus statistics give the authorities reasons to consider further stages of easing the quarantine.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said that Ukraine is moving along the quarantine withdrawal scenario predicted by researchers and medics. The authorities do not think a return to full lockdown will be necessary.

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has criticized city residents for behaving as if the pandemic were over when they rushed to parks, playgrounds and picnics and forgot about basic safety rules. He warned that if this behavior resulted in another rise in Covid-19 cases, the strict quarantine will be reinstated.

Exclusive: The Public Health Centre has said in a letter to the chief sanitary doctor that Ukraine-made PCR coronavirus tests bought by the presidential office have not been verified and therefore cannot be used by hospitals for diagnostics.

Data breach

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has said that a Telegram chat bot offering access to databases of government offices and NGOs containing Ukrainians' private data has been closed down. The cyber police are investigating the leak of data caused by unauthorized interference in the operation of computers, automated systems and communication networks. According to the ministry, the leak has nothing to do with the launch of the state-run mobile app Diia.

Society

Activists calling on the authorities not to "flush down the drain" the murder case of Kherson activist Kateryna Handzyuk have held a picket outside President Zelenskyy's house in Kyiv's Hrushevskyy Street.

Former Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Oksana Kolyada has become a new board chairman of the Povernys' Zhyvym (Come Back Alive) army support foundation after its former head and founder Vitaliy Deyneha stepped down.

Economy

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal hopes Ukraine and the IMF will sign a memorandum by the end of month. If signed, Ukraine may receive 5bn dollars, of which 3.5bn dollars will go to the state budget, under the Stanb-By facility.

Energy

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said that the government is not planning to raise energy tariffs for households this year. "This is an important indicator and it has been agreed with the president," he said.

Generating unit No 4 of the Rivne nuclear power plant has been put on stand-by as of 12 May due to balance restrictions.

Crime

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court has again arrested former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia for the organization of violent crimes on 18-20 February 2014.

The body of a serviceman with a gunshot wound to the head has been found in Kyiv-based military unit A0139. Police are investigating the case.

Media

Tetyana Rudenko, head of the press service of Kvartal 95 Studio, a former comic company of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has become a member of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council. She is a sister of MP Olha Rudenko, a former marketing manager of Kvartal 95 Ltd.

Coming up

Exclusive: Gorshenin Institute will hold an online interview with the director of the Institute of Political Philosophy, Viktor Savynov, about consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for the world. The interview will be streamed on the LBTV YouTube channel at 3 p.m. on 13 May.

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