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Scoop of the day: Covid-19 death rate grows; court blocks several popular news websites

Scoop of the day: Covid-19 death rate grows; court blocks several popular news websites

Coronavirus

The daily death rate from the coronavirus has hit the record high for the third day in a row, having reached 362. There were 16,669 new Covid-19 cases registered in 24 hours.

The first batch of the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech has arrived in Ukraine. Previously, this batch was expected to include 700,000 doses.

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has confirmed that India has stopped export supplies of CoviShield (AstraZeneca). He said that the authorities were working via various channels to make sure Ukraine receives the contracted 1.5m doses by the end of March.

Mykolayiv Region will enter the red quarantine zone as of 27 March. Cherkasy Region is also joining the red zone.

Ukraine's first President Leonid Kravchuk, 87, has got vaccinated with CoviShield.

Over 70% of Ukrainians believe that Covid-19 was artificially created and only 19% think it was a natural occurrence, a study by the Rating pollster has found.

Media

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court has arrested the copyright property rights to 12 media outlets, including the news websites Apostrof, Glavcom, Golos and others. The court took this decision in response to a lawsuit filed by a former director of the Spetstekhnoeksport company, Pavlo Barbul. The court ordered all Internet providers and mobile operators to block access to these websites.

Security

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has presented audio recordings which it described as evidence attesting to the illegal supply of military goods from Russia as part of a criminal case against ex-MP Semen Semenchenko and "freelance anticorruption agent" Yevhen Shevchenko, who are suspected of establishing an illegal paramilitary group.

The SBU has searched the offices of Ukrainian Choice NGO associated with pro-Russian MP Viktor Medvedchuk in the case concerning facilitation to Crimea's occupation by Russia.

Vatican

Pope Francis has received Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal for a private audience.

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