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Top 5 News Stories 23 June

Top 5 News Stories 23 June

1. As of 22 June, Ukraine currently has 37 241 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 681 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. So far, 1 012 people have died while 16 642 have recovered.

2. Kyiv city police are arranging raids at stations and on electric trains to ensure passengers are complying with quarantine restrictions. Checks are also occurring for drivers and passengers in private vehicles, as reported by the Kyiv police. The police are urging all Kyiv residents and guests of the capital to adhere to the required security measures as fines for violations can be as high as 34 000 UAH.

3. An explosion of a 10-storey building in the Darnytskyi district on Solomiya Krushelnitskaya, 1/5 on 21 June has killed four people. The explosion destroyed the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth floors, with 16 apartments completely destroyed and another 40 damaged. A criminal investigation is ongoing.

4. McDonalds and the Russian language: a scandal like never before. It seems that the world-famous network has removed the Russian language from the menu of order terminals, thus depriving Russian-speaking users of the opportunity to make online orders in their native language. In reality it turned out that this did not happen at all. Rather, it was a manipulation by provocative clothing brand POHUY, signed on to Facebook as Ross Satan. A few days after the publication of the photo of the restaurant terminal, and the active involvement of experts in the discussion “on the violation of the Russian language”, the author said that it was a social experiment which was a success.

5. Ukraine could reinstate tougher quarantine in certain regions from June 22, according to the Verkhovna Rada. The government has developed a new methodology to identify areas where tougher bans should be introduced. For a region to be considered a hotbed of COVID-19 spread: • Hospital are at 50% over capacity  

  • The average number of PCR and ELISA tests fall below 24 per 100 000 population over a period of seven days
  • the COVID-19 incidence rate rises above 11%
  • New active cases increase to more than eight per 100 000 people.

The decision to strengthen or ease restrictive measures will be taken by regional commissions based on the epidemiological assessment.


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