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Scoop of the day: Doubts over efficiency of "weekend quarantine"

Scoop of the day: Doubts over efficiency of "weekend quarantine"

Coronavirus

As of the morning of 12 November, Ukraine has registered 11,057 new Covid-19 cases, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov. There were 198 deaths and 6,235 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is sick with the coronavirus and is in self-isolation in the Feofaniya hospital, has recorded a video, seeking to assure Ukrainians that he continues to perform his duties from a hospital room. His chief of staff Andriy Yermak is isolated in another room of the same hospital.

First deputy speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk also tested positive for coronavirus today.

The Cabinet of Ministers has published a resolution introducing the so-called "weekend quarantine" until 30 November.

Ihor Umanskyy, an adviser to Yermak, has resigned over the government decision to introduce the so-called "weekend quarantine".

Experts from the Kyiv School of Economics has analysed the Covid-19 situation and concluded that the "weekend quarantine" would not stop the spread of the virus. Instead it will affect business and families' welfare.

Defiance of quarantine

The Odesa authorities have refused to introduce the "weekend quarantine" and decided to continue with orange-zone arrangements.

Mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko criticized the new arrangement as inappropriate for such small cities as Cherkasy and called its introduction a "big mistake". The city refused to tighten the quarantine twice, in May and October.

Litigation with Russia

The Arbitral Tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in the arbitration instituted by Ukraine against the Russian Federation has decided to hear the Russian Federation's Preliminary Objections to the Arbitral Tribunal's jurisdiction in a preliminary phase of the proceedings. The proceedings on the merits have been suspended because the Arbitral Tribunal shall rule on any preliminary objection in a preliminary phase of the proceedings.

Appointments

Exclusive: Serhiy Hrynevetskyy may be appointed head of the Odesa regional state administration using a legal loophole even though he was vetted out and cannot hold official posts until 2024, LB.ua editor in chief Sonya Koshkina said in her blog.

Local elections

The Central Electoral Commission has terminated the mandate of the entire Kherson regional territorial electoral commission over a single gross violation of law, in particular over its failure to comply with a court ruling. The complaint was filed by the local offices of Our Land (Nash Kray) and Servant of the People.

Naftogaz

Former Naftogaz top manager Yuriy Vitrenko has quoted its sources as saying that the company lost 18.7bn hryvnyas during nine months of 2020 whereas during the same period of 2019 it had a profit of 19.9bn hryvnyas.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a bribe extortion scheme at Kyiv Boryspil Airport, which involved two main state inspectors of the customs post and an officer for counteraction to customs crimes. They extorted bribes from passengers in exchange for not putting obstacles to their customs clearance.

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