KYIV, Sept 1 - The number of new coronavirus cases in Ukraine will continue to rise in September and could reach 3,000 a day by the end of this month, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday, Reuters reproted.
Ukraine reported 2,088 cases on Tuesday and 2,141 on Monday. Last week the daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to a record 2,481.
The increase comes after Ukraine last week imposed a temporary ban on most foreigners from entering the country until Sept. 28 and extended lockdown measures until the end of October to contain a recent spike in cases.
The comments come days after the government said it will not consider the introduction of severe restrictive measures in the event of a second wave of coronavirus spread but will rely on adaptive quarantine and localization of disease outbreaks.
The government also rejected the idea of reorganizing the State Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. However, the reorganization will still affect the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine. The Ministry is to be divided into two separate authorities with the allocation of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Certain categories of foreign nationals will still be able to come to Ukraine, namely IT specialists, technical specialists of launching equipment, foreigners who have residence permits in Ukraine, members of international and humanitarian missions, crew members. Separately, the business drew attention to the possibility of entry for Belarusian citizens.
Ukraine has reported a total of 123,303 infections and 2,605 deaths from the virus. (om/ez)