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Top 5 News Stories 9 May

Top 5 News Stories 9 May

1. As of 8 May, 14 195 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ukraine. Of these, 2 706 patients recovered and 361 died. In the past day, 504 cases of the disease were recorded.

2. Georgia is recalling its ambassador in Kyiv for consultations in connection with the appointment of former president Mikheil Saakashvili to the post of head of the executive reform committee under the president of Ukraine. This is an accepted practice in diplomatic relations, that indicates the occurrence of certain problems in bilateral relations — consultation with the ambassador is necessary to determine future steps.

3. Ukraine plans to start a project with the World Bank that will allow the construction of 165 kilometres of state roads, said Alexander Kubrakov, head of the State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor).

4. Hydraulic tests of heating networks will be carried out in Kyiv on 12 May. Because of this, hot water will be turned off in Kyiv. “Given the first stage of quarantine easing and the need for full technical preparation of networks, we are beginning the process of hydraulic testing,” said Petro Panteleev, deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration.

5. Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said that starting 12 May the city plans to introduce the first stage of easing quarantine restrictions. During a briefing, he said the following are among places that will open: 

– Non-food stores with a total area of ​​up to 300 square metres;
– Hairdressers and beauty salons by appointment and with no more than one client for each service at a time;
– Parks and squares;
– Temporary stalls with the prohibition of the consumption of food and drink on the spot;
– Small-scale production of non-food goods and consumer services, such as ateliers and consumer services;
– Libraries only for the issuance of books — reading rooms will not be open; and
– Lawyers and notaries, auditors, car cinemas, open-air museums. 

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