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Scoop of the day: coronavirus rate rising

Scoop of the day: coronavirus rate rising

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered a new daily record of 5,804 cases; 89 patients died and 2,417 recovered. The case total since the start of the pandemic has reached 250,538.

Private laboratories will test Ukrainians for Covid-19 at no cost to them as bills will be taken care of by the state budget, RBC Ukraine has quoted Health Minister Maksym Stepanov as saying.

According to an updated coronavirus zoning, Kyiv will move into a more dangerous, orange zone, while Kaniv and Sumy will be declared red. He noted that hospital beds are 70% occupied.

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has asked Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Health Minister Maksym Stepanov to allocate more beds and doctors for coronavirus patients.

Romania cancelled any flights to and from Ukraine after the latter ended up in the yellow coronavirus zone.

Donbas

Three Ukrainian servicemen got wounded as their firetruck hit an explosive device near the village of Bolotenne in Luhansk Region.

Political advisers to the Normandy Four leaders may meet next week for a video conference, Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak has said in a speech in Chatham House, London.

Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Ukraine on 12-13 October. He will meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and sign a number of bilateral agreements on 12 October. The next day they will take part in the Ukrainian-Polish economic forum in Odesa.

Cabinet of Ministers

The Cabinet of Ministers has suggested that the Natonal Security and Defence Council should introduce sectoral sanctions against Nicaragua after the Central American country opened its honorary consulate in occupied Crimea.

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved an action plan on the implementation for the National Patriotic Upbringing Strategy for 2020-2025 and the Concept of the State Targeted Social Programme for National Patriotic Upbringing for 2020-2025.

Military

The state-owned company Artem has finished testing the first batch of unguided air-to-surface missiles RS-80 manufactured for the Defence Ministry.

The three Ukrainian servicemen who were found dead in a rented flat in Zhytomyr Region got poisoned with household gas.

Economy

Inflation in September 2019 reached 0.7%, meaning that annual inflation slowed down from 2.5% and 2.4% in July to 2.3%, the State Statistics Service has said. 

Media

According to UNICEF, one in five teenagers in Ukraine experienced online bullying, one in 10 regularly life to parents and friends about the time spent in social networks. A third of teenagers use social networks to get rid of negative emotions, one in eight teenagers is addicted to social networks.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has asked Google and Apple to block Russian apps, such as of social networks which have been banned in Ukraine since 2017.

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