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Scoop of the day: New coronavirus travel rules take effect, Ukraine breaks daily record

Scoop of the day: New coronavirus travel rules take effect, Ukraine breaks daily record

Coronavirus travel rules

As of 21 October, Ukrainians travelling between regions by bus, train or plane are required to display Covid-19 vaccination certificates, recovery certificates or negative PCR tests.

Vaccination and express testing centres were set up at seven railway stations to help passengers round the clock.

Around 500 people got vaccinated at railway stations today, most of them (193) in Kyiv, the Ukrzaliznytsya company has said.

Thirty passengers were denied boarding and one made to leave the train over the absence of necessary documents.

Coronavirus record

On 20 October, Ukraine reported 22,415 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This is the all-time daily record, the previous one was registered at the beginning of April and amounted to 20,341 cases.

A total of 4,892 patients were hospitalised, 546 died and 8,036 recovered.

Kyiv facing red zone

Kyiv may soon join the red quarantine zone, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said. The decision is to be taken on 22 October. He noted that over 50% of coronavirus hospital beds have been taken, 63% of oxygen-connected beds are occupied.

Poll

The European Solidarity party would enjoy relatively high support of the electorate if the parliamentary election were held soon, as 15.7% of respondents who made up their minds said. Servant of the People would have 15.5%, Fatherland 13.6 per cent, and the Opposition Platform-For Life party 13%, a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology has found.

Gas pipeline

Ukraine's Gas Transport System Operator on 20 October applied for participation in the certification of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

"The certification of Nord Stream 2 AG would violate the rights and commercial interests of Ukraine's GTS Operator, which is the basis for our application to the German regulator. Nord Stream 2 does not seek to diversify gas transport routes and threatens the security of gas supplies to Europe. We consider it our duty to inform our strategic partners about these concerns," the company's CEO, Serhiy Makohon, explained.

Detained militant

Ukraine is ready to grant international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, access to Russian militant Andrey Kosyak detained in Donbas, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleh Nikolenko, said.

"The international community must see who Russia is sending to fight against the Ukrainian people," Nikolenko said.

He noted that Kosyak's detention during an intelligence operation and his documented participation in military actions "once again illustrates Russia's responsibility for conducting an international armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine".

Crime

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officers today detained an employee of the State Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of committing a crime under Article 370 of the Criminal Code (bribery provocation).

The Bureau said that it would cooperate with the investigation while the detained employee and his superiors would be suspended from their posts.

Kyva risks expulsion

The Poltava office of the pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life party has initiated the expulsion of MP Illya Kyva from the party, he told journalists in parliament.

His comments were published by Telegraf journalist Yan Dobronosov and the PavlovskyNews Telegram channel among others.

According to Kyva, his expulsion was initiated by representatives of Boyko-Lyovochkin's wing. "There was a coven of individuals who said they had expelled me from the party. These are Boyko and Lyovochkin's people, whom I have exposed as party criminals. I will now wait for the decision of Medvedchuk, Rabinovich, Lyovochkin, Boyko - the strategic council," he said.

Research vessel

The research vessel Belgica, donated to Ukraine by Belgium, arrived in Odessa on Thursday, 21 October, the Sea Ports Administration has said.

The 8,600 km journey from Zeebrugge to Odesa took three weeks.

The Belgica was handed over to the Ukrainian Research Centre for Marine Ecology to carry out research in the Black and Azov Seas. It is equipped with five laboratories (fish, hydrology, chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology).

 

 

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