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Scoop of the day: Ukraine moves to "weekend quarantine"

Scoop of the day: Ukraine moves to "weekend quarantine"

Coronavirus

The Cabinet of Ministers has cancelled the so-called adaptive quarantine arrangements and introduced so-called "weekend quarantine" from 14 November to 30 November. The new arrangements will be in effect from midnight on Saturday to midnight on Monday and involve a full ban on the work of cafes, restaurants (except for takeaways), entertainment outlets, gyms and pools. Only shops whose product range is 60% made of food, medicines and fuel will be able to open during the weekend.

Exclusive: LB.ua has learnt from a source in the government that Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Digital Transformation Minister Mykhaylo Fedorov voted against this decision.

Around 50 representatives of HoReCa protested outside the Cabinet of Ministers against the "weekend quarantine" decision, saying it would kill their businesses.

Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyy described the government decision as "nonsense" and said that Lviv would not observe the new arrangements.

Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov tested positive for coronavirus and went into self-isolation.

As of the morning of 11 November, Ukraine has registered 10,611 new coronavirus cases, 6,802 recoveries and 191 fatalities.

Donbas

Ukraine's top negotiator on Donbas Leonid Kravchuk has called on Russia to hold an exchange of prisoners before Christmas/New Year "to give an example of high moral and responsibility of [negotiation] participants, a sign of their striving to agree on the rest of the issues".

Local elections

The National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) has demanded that the Central Electoral Commission immediately establish and make public the local election results, which must have been done by 6 November. The NSDC noted "rising social tensions" because of the situation.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has found "hundreds" of fake ballot papers which were allegedly to be used for fraudulent purposes during the Odesa mayoral election runoff. They were revealed during a search of a "public office of one of civil and political activists".

Appointments

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the nomination of Servant of the People regional office head Vitaliy Kim for head of the Mykolayiv regional state administration, Serhiy Hrynevetskyy for head of the Odesa regional state administration, and Vasyl Khoma for head of the Sumy regional state administration.

Technology

The Cabinet of Ministers plans to launch 5G in Ukraine at the end of 2021.

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