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Top 5 News Stories 13 May

Top 5 News Stories 13 May

1. As of 12 May, 16 023 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ukraine. Over the past day, 375 cases of the disease were recorded. In total, 3373 patients have recovered and 425 have died.

2. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian government does not prevent its citizens from leaving for work abroad if they have a labour contract for at least three months. 

3. The ministry of infrastructure has said Ukrainian airlines are misleading people by opening the booking of flights for after 23 May. Airlines are not in control of air traffic so they are getting ahead of themselves. It is still too early to talk about Ukraine stabilising the air traffic situation. 

4. Ukraine’s quarantine will extend beyond 22 May, said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. He also said that Ukraine should first reach the point where the number of recovered patients equals or outnumbers the number of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19. When that target is reached, the issue of opening public transit can be considered. 

5. President Volodymyr Zelensky said that loan repayment holidays should be offered to small and micro businesses affected by the lockdown restrictions introduced in the country. These programs will help Ukrainian businesses withstand the difficult economic conditions caused by the pandemic, as well as guarantee the preservation of jobs.

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