Ukraine’s first lady tests positive for coronavirus

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Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska said on Friday she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus amid a rise in infections.

Zelenska, 42, added that her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, and their two children tested negative.

“Today I’ve received a positive COVID-19 test result,” she said on Facebook.

On Thursday, Ukrainian authorities said there had been an “alarming” rise in coronavirus cases as the country eases lockdown restrictions.

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On Friday, the ex-Soviet country reported 29,753 cases and 870 fatalities.

The Ukrainian president urged officials to urgently establish the reason behind a spike in new cases.

“Only the observation of security measures will protect us from the threat of getting sick and save our economy from the quarantine,” he said.

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The first lady said that she felt fine and was self-isolating.

She said the positive test was a surprise as she and her husband have sought to follow social distancing rules and protected themselves.

But the 42-year-old leader came under fire last week when he appeared without a mask in a cafe during a visit to the city of Khmelnytsky in central Ukraine.

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Some experts have said the uptick is due to an increase in testing.

Lockdown measures eased gradually in late May and early June with a resumption of public transport, including metro systems and long-distance and local train services.

Ukraine launched domestic flights on June 5 and will resume international flights on Monday.

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