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Several regions in Ukraine are already in the red zone, but it is still too early to enforce a national lockdown, says the Ukrainian Prime Minister. 

Ukraine recorded 14,553 new Covid-cases and 467 casualties yesterday, and many regions are under pressure with too many people filling up hospitals. Twelve regions are already in the red zone in Ukraine, and cities like Kyiv have introduced a harsh lockdown. 

Some experts and politicians have called for a nationwide lockdown, but Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says it is too early to close the country. 

“The fact that some regions have been transferred from the red quarantine zone to the yellow one indicates that the adaptive quarantine model works. As we said, there is no need to shut down the entire country for a lockdown yet,” he said, according to Unian.

Currently, the city of Kyiv and the regions Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Chernivtsi, and Chernihiv regions are all in the red zone. In contrast, 10 regions are included in the orange zone. It is Vinnytsia, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, and Cherkasy.

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Kyiv extends its lockdown

Kyiv reported 1,400 new Covid-cases and 47 casualties yesterday. Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has decided to extend the harsh lockdown in the city as a result. 

“Since the epidemic situation in the capital has not significantly been improving, the city’s emergency commission decided this morning to extend the tough restrictions in our city for two weeks – that is, until April 30,” Klitschko said, according to Unian

“Until April 30, the previously introduced restrictions will be in effect in the city. All schools and kindergartens remain closed, all public transport – ground and underground one – will work exclusively (for passengers) with (special) passes. Catering establishments will work only for take-out and delivery. Food fairs will not work,” he said.

Klitschko has previously been advocating for a nationwide lockdown. 

“I appeal to the government to urgently consider the issue of introducing a nationwide lockdown. A real lockdown. Movement between Ukraine’s regions must be limited with control over the observance of strict rules,” he previously said.