The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has extended the coronavirus-related adaptive quarantine in Ukraine until August 31, 2020, and changed the principle for categorizing regions into zones to tighten quarantine measures, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

The government adopted the relevant resolution on July 22.

"This is a new resolution. It is proposed to be implemented from 1 to 31 August 2020. It will regulate the imposition of quarantine in the country. What is the difference? A ‘green,’ ‘yellow,’ ‘orange,’ or ‘red’ level of epidemiological danger of spread of COVID-19 will be declared depending on the epidemiological situation in a region or district," Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov said during a government meeting.

According to the minister, the criteria for dividing regions into these four zones remain unchanged.

"Automated software will determine the speed of spread of the coronavirus based on certain algorithms and data collected and approved by the National Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations. The following basic ​​indicators will be monitored in every region: hospital bed occupancy does not exceed 50%, the average number of tests is not less than 24 per 100,000, the rate of confirmed cases of infection does not exceed 11%, and the rate of increase of the number of cases of infection does not exceed 10%," he said.

"When these indicators are not exceed in a region and all the region’s districts are in the ‘green’ zone, the following restrictions will apply: facemasks or respirators must be worn in public buildings, more than one person per 5 square meters during mass events, cinemas or theaters cannot be more than 50% full, and only sitting passengers in public transport. Regions that are constantly in the ‘green’ zone do not need intervention or tightening of anti-epidemic measures from the central authorities. If the indicators change for five consecutive days, then the region or district turns into a ‘yellow,’ ‘orange,’ or ‘red’ zone,” the minister added.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, Georgia has extended its ban on regular flights between it and Ukraine until July 31. The Georgian government will make a decision to resumption of regular flights between the two countries based on the development of the situation involving the spread of coronavirus. Israel has also extended its entry ban on foreigners until September. Even transit passengers are prohibited from entering the country.