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Scoop of the weekend: Fear of new Covid-19 wave, Pavlohrad police scandal

Scoop of the weekend: Fear of new Covid-19 wave, Pavlohrad police scandal

Coronavirus

There has been a single-day increase of 485 coronavirus cases by the morning of 7 June, according to the National Security and Defence Council. There have been a total of 26,999 cases, including 788 deaths and 12,054 recoveries.

Volyn, Lviv, Rivne, Chernivtsi regions and Kyiv are not prepared to ease the coronavirus restrictions because the infection rate is too high.

According to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov, there is a risk of the second wave of the coronavirus if Ukrainians do not follow the quarantine rules. "It is important to distinguish between the easing and the full cancellation because we have not won the war against COVID-19 yet," he said.

Crime

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that there is no better candidate for interior minister than incumbent Arsen Avakov, who has headed the office since February 2014. Zelenskyy expects Avakov to complete the investigation into the murder of Belarus-born journalist Pavel Sheremet.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has summoned an Odesa activist and former head of the local office of the right-wing Right Sector, Serhiy Sternenko, to serve him a notice of suspicion of involvement in premeditated murder. Sternenko said that he would not show up on 9 June because the summons was served two instead of three days before the questioning date and he would not have time to prepare for it.

Seven members of a suspected criminal ring consisting of policemen from Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk Region have been placed into custody. Among those detained are the head of one of the sectors, four operatives, the chief and deputy chief of the Pavlohrad police department. They are suspected of establishment of a criminal ring, abuse of office, theft, illegal handling of weapons and drugs.

Unidentified individuals opened fire at a public transport stop in Mykolayiv, wounding two men. The attackers fled from the scene.

Prisons

The Justice Ministry is planning to sell a number of prisons in summer-autumn 2020, its head Denys Malyuska has told Radio Liberty. In his words, nine prisons will be "frozen" this week.

Donbas

The OSCE has reported that two columns of military lorries entered the occupied part of Luhansk Region. There were at least 16 military-type lorries and an accompanying passenger car in the first column and five lorries of the same type in the second one.

Sport

The head coach of the Ukraine national football team, Andriy Shevchenko, had his contract extended by another two years, until the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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