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More might be on the way due to the high number of infected. It will, however, not have the biggest influence on people who are vaccinated. 

For now, Kherson Oblast is the only region in Ukraine in the red zone due to its high infection rate, but that will soon change. From October 18, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk will also join the red zone due to their inability to control the pandemic. 

Entering the red zone means that there will be further restrictions to battle the pandemic. Previously, the Ukrainian government introduced a color system – green, yellow, orange, and red – depending on the number of infected in regions. There are no restrictions in the green zone, but it increases from yellow to orange and red. 

A region enters the red zone with more than 320 infected people with Covid-19 per 100,000 people over 14 days. Furthermore, the region also needs to have a bed occupancy of more than 75 percent in its hospitals. 

“The situation is gradually getting worse. We see that the peak load on the health care system is expected in late November,” said Deputy Health Minister Ihor Kuzin on October 14., according to Kyiv Post

More can be on the way

There can be no mass events in the red zone, and cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, shopping malls, and gyms need to be closed unless the staff and visitors are fully vaccinated. Schools, kindergartens, and other institutions will also need to be closed unless staff is fully vaccinated, but there is an exception for frames from one to four. It is also not allowed to travel from a red zone region to another part of Ukraine unless you are fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test. 

It is possible that the list of five regions in the red zone can grow over the next month. Kyiv is only in the yellow zone for now, but the situation in the capital and other parts of Ukraine is worsening. Saturday, Ukraine recorded 12,983 new cases of COVID-19, and the number of infected are generally on the rise around the whole country. 

Saturday, 79,580 people received their first and 68,858 received their second dose of the vaccine. As a result, 6.43 million Ukrainians are fully vaccinated, but the vaccination rates are low. According to AP, a problem for Ukraine is that up to 60 percent of its citizens are skeptical of vaccination and don’t want to be vaccinated.