Ukraine tightens border crossing rules to contain Delta variant spread

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walk in a subway crossing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Photo: AP)

KIEV, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has introduced new border crossing rules to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Interfax-Ukraine reported on Thursday.

In particular, the new rules stipulate a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for all unvaccinated people who had previously stayed more than seven days during the last two weeks in Russia or India.

"The foreigners must have an insurance certificate and one of the documents: negative PCR test, negative antigen test or a full course of vaccination," the ministry said on its Coronavirus Info Telegram channel.

Igor Kuzin, chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine, noted that 17 cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant were recorded in the country in a local media interview on Thursday.

As of Friday, 2,330,440 COVID-19 cases and 55,489 related deaths have been reported and nearly 5.4 million vaccine shots have been administered in Ukraine, the country's health authorities said.