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Scoop of the day: Ukraine considers new black coronavirus zone

Scoop of the day: Ukraine considers new black coronavirus zone

Coronavirus

By the morning of 4 November, Ukraine has registered a daily increase of 9,254 Covid-19 cases, 199 fatalities and 7,536 recoveries. Since the start of the pandemic, the case total has reached 420,617, there have been 176,404 recoveries and 7,731 fatalities

Exclusive: As of 3 November, 19,972 hospital beds have been connected to oxygen, Chief Sanitarian Officer Viktor Lyashko has told LB.ua.

Ukraine is considering introducing a new black zone in addition to the existing red, orange, yellow and green zones. The black zone would entail a full lockdown.

Reshuffle

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accepted the resignation of the first deputy head of the presidential office, Serhiy Trofimov. He appointed Trofimov his freelance adviser.

The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed the dismissal of Maksym Kutsyy as head of the Odesa regional state administration, Roman Hryshchenko s head of the Sumy regional state administration, and Vitaliy Fedoriv as head of the Ivano-Frankivsk regional state administration.

Local elections

The Kharkiv city territorial electoral commission has recognised Hennadiy Kernes the winner in the 25 October election of city mayor, according to the city council website.

Constitutional Court

The parliamentary committee on legal policy and justice has approved the presidential bill (3711) "On the judiciary and the status of judges" for consideration despite the critical review by the Venice Commission, MP Yaroslav Yurchyshyn has said on Facebook.

The Constitutional Court has registered MPs' statement containing a call on 11 judges to resign voluntarily

A survey by the Rating pollster has found that 59% of Ukrainians do not approve the Constitutional Court's ruling to cancel e-declaration and public access to officials' income statements.

Some 50 MPs have filed a motion with the Constitutional Court asking it to check the appointment of members of the National Commission for the Regulation of Energy and Utility Services. The motion was signed by Fatherland MPs led by Yuliya Tymoshenko, as well as several members of the propresidential Servant of the People and the pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has caught the head of the Chernihiv district state administration, Serhiy Zhurman, on a $10,000 bribe over a land scheme.

Donbas

The trilateral contact group has agreed four more locations for withdrawal of forces in Donbas: Hryhorivka, Slovyanoserbsk, Petrivka and Nyzhnyoteple, acting Joint Forces Commander Viktor Hanushchak has said at a briefing. He noted that the situation after the withdrawal of forces near Stanytsya Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske has remained stable and controllable.

The number of ceasefire violations (224) since the start of the ceasefire on 27 July has decreased 5.5 times compared to the same period last year, Deputy Joint Forces Commander Bohdan Bondar has said, according to the Defence Ministry's press service. From 1 January to 1 November, Russia-backed militants carried out 2,360 shooting attacks, on 814 occasions they fired with weapons banned by the Minsk agreements. Ukraine has sustained 405 combat casualties, including 49 fatalities and 356 wounded.

Military

The State Research Institute of Chemical Products, part of the state defence concern Ukroboronprom, has delivered a batch of several hundred RPV-16 thermobaric rocket launchers ahead of schedule. Last week they successfully passed the tests.

The Lviv armour plant has modernised around a dozen firefighting tanks, the largest batch in independent Ukraine.

Brazil

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro have discussed over the phone the two countries' cooperation in agriculture, nuclear energy, space and defence. They agreed to step up vaccine and pharmaceutical production.

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