The minister confirmed that the Cabinet would on Wednesday be proposed to modify the procedure for compiling the list of affected countries and, in particular, to drop the current indicator of 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

“The agreement has been reached and should now be approved by the government’s resolution. The government will consider that on Wednesday – [a proposal] to replace the current indicator of 25 cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days with the requirement to add a country to the list of affected countries if the coronavirus incidence rate in that country exceeds the current [COVID-19] incidence rate in our country by at least 10 percent,” Veryga said at a news conference on Monday.

“In general, this would involve the assessment of third countries considering their scale of testing and other indicators, given that information published by countries may not be reliable in some cases,” he added.

Pursuant to the procedure currently in force, countries are deemed affected by the coronavirus if the number of cases stands at or exceeds 25 per 100,000 population. People arriving from these countries or those who have travelled through such countries before arrival are required to self-isolate for two weeks, with some exceptions.

The list of affected countries currently includes 96 states.