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Scoop of the day: New coronavirus zoning; poll questions revealed

Scoop of the day: New coronavirus zoning; poll questions revealed

Coronavirus

By the morning of 14 October, Ukraine has registered 5,062 new сoronavirus cases, 73 deaths and 951 recoveries over 24 hours, the Health Ministry has said. The case total has reached 281,239.

The State Ecological Security and Emergencies Commission has changed regional zoning by levels of epidemiological danger as of 19 October. None of the regions is currently in the safe green zone.

Over 7,000 employees of medical establishments in Kyiv, half of them technical staff, have resigned since the beginning of the year, Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said. They did it for various reasons, including the risk of getting infected during the pandemic.

The daily infection rate may reach up to 10,000 new cases in November, according to a model designed by the Kyiv School of Economics. Up to 20,000 Ukrainians may die of coronavirus by the end of the year.

Poll

The presidential office has announced the list of questions Zelenskyy wants to be included the poll he announced for 25 October:

1. Do you support the idea of life sentence for especially large-scale corruption?

2. Do you support the creation of a free economic zone in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions?

3. Do you support the reduction of the number of MPs to 300?

4. Do you support the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes to ease the pain of seriously ill people?

5. Do you support Ukraine's right to use security guarantees determined by the Budapest memorandum to restore its state sovereignty and territorial integrity?

According to presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak, the fifth question is still being discussed.

Land market

President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree to transfer farmland from state to communal ownership. As of 26 October 2020, all newly-established communities will have land in their disposal. A total of over 2m hectares are expected to be transferred.

Appointments

President Zelenskyy has appointed Anna Kovalenko head of the Chernihiv regional state administration.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a militant of the Islamic State terrorist organisation who was wanted by Interpol. The man, who was detained in Odesa, came from Central Asia. He had undergone training in terrorist camps in the Middle East.

In Zaporizhzhya, the SBU exposed tax evasion during the customs clearance of grain exports worth dozens of millions of hryvnyas.

The SBU detained the head of the Ivano-Frankivsk regional forensic bureau for extorting 4,000 dollars from a subordinate in exchange for promotion.

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