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Ukrainian government announces vaccine passports

epa08368492 Smog haze hangs over Kiev, Ukraine, 17 April 2020. As of 17 April morning, Kyiv ranks second in the Air Quality Ranking as the world's most polluted city after topping the list late 16 April. On 17 April 2020, US Air Quality Index (AQI) for Kyiv is 163, with the norm being up to 50m as reported by a Swiss-based IQAir, which monitors the level of air quality across the globe. The dirtiest air is recorded in the Chinese city of Chongqing. On 16 April night, AQI for Kyiv stood at an unprecedented 380, turning Ukraine's capital into the most polluted city in the world. Municipal authorities strongly advise that local residents stay inside and keep their windows shut as local media report. EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

KYIV, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The Ukrainian government has decided to introduced COVID-19 "vaccine passports" verifying citizens' vaccination status, the health ministry said on Monday.

The passports will allow businesses such as cinemas, gyms, theatres and swimming pools to operate without social distancing requirements if all visitors and at least 80% of staff at the venues are at least partially vaccinated, the ministry said in a statement said.

Educational institutions can also operate without social distancing if all staff are fully vaccinated.

After a relative lull in the summer, coronavirus infections have accelerated in Ukraine. The government will likely tighten lockdown restrictions soon. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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