Starting Monday, the Kyiv City Administration will impose the toughest coronavirus lockdown in one year

, announced Mayor Klitschko yesterday. The Metro, city buses and trams will carry only ‘critical workers’ with special passes. Employers are asked to move as many workers to remote work as possible. All schools and kindergartens will close for two weeks. Starting today, all outdoor food markets are closed.  On Tuesday, the Rada may pass a 10:00 pm curfew for Kyiv, reported Segodnya.

Ukraine’s capital tops the nation’s 11 red zone regions for new infections, with about 1,000 new cases reported a day.

Kyiv hospital occupancy levels are around 85%. Klitschko said: “We have lines of ambulances in front of hospitals. We have no choice. Otherwise, there will be hundreds of deaths every day.” Nationwide, the Health Ministry reported 407 coronavirus deaths yesterday, a record for the year-long pandemic.