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Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine president rolls out 10-step coronavirus plan

Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine president rolls out 10-step coronavirus plan

Coronavirus

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has approved 10 steps aimed at containing the coronavirus in Ukraine, which include transferring universities to distance learning, closing schools for two-week holidays, stocking up on personal protection means and medicine. Kyiv, Odesa and Mariupol should get ready to set up large infection hospitals, should currently available hospitals get overcrowded.

By the morning of 11 October, Ukraine has registered the daily increase of 4,768 new Covid-19 cases. There have been only 937 recoveries over the 24 hours.

There are 915 active Covid-19 cases in the Ukrainian Armed Forces as of 11 October, the Medical Forces Command has said. There are 492 patients in isolation.

Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda has arrived on an official two-day visit to Ukraine. He has already visited the Polish military cemetery in Bykivnya on the Kyiv outskirts.

Donbas

The Joint Forces Operation HQ has registered three ceasefire violations by Russia-backed militants since midnight. "The enemy made two shots from an anti-tank grenade launcher near Maryinka and fired random bursts from small arms near Mayorsk and Zaytseve," it said.

The Joint Forces did not return fire.

UK

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office thanked the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) for help in an operation to seize a record batch of smuggled cigarettes in 2019.

"Last year, we dismantled one of the most prolific European organised criminal gangs involved in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes - saving over £100 million for the UK taxpayer. Officers from @HMRCgovuk and @ServiceSsu worked together to seize a record 130m illicit cigarettes and shut down 3 counterfeit cigarette factories in the largest counter cigarette trafficking operation in Ukraine in nearly 30 years," it tweeted.

The reconnaissance operators of the 73rd Naval Center of Ukraine conducted joint exercises with their NATO counterparts on HMS Dragon, a destroyer of the UK Royal Navy.

They practised boarding, melee, and purging of the ship. The joint exercise is held as part of the ORBITAL training operation.

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