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Ukraine COVID-19 hospitalisations jump to record high

Reuters logo Reuters 11/03/2021

KYIV (Reuters) - A record high number of Ukrainians were taken to hospital with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, health ministry data show on Wednesday.

KYIV, KIEV, UKRAINE - 2021/03/09: Women wearing face masks as a precaution against the outbreak of Coronavirus walk on the street. (Photo by Sergei Chuzavkov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2021 SOPA Images KYIV, KIEV, UKRAINE - 2021/03/09: Women wearing face masks as a precaution against the outbreak of Coronavirus walk on the street. (Photo by Sergei Chuzavkov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said on Facebook 4,250 people were hospitalised in the past day, almost 22% more than the previous record of 3,486 people registered on March 3.

The number of hospitalisations did not exceed 2,000 during the peak of the pandemic in late 2020, but began to rise in late winter during the second wave of infections.

Stepanov said 9,084 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours with 262 deaths. Ukraine has reported a total of 1,425,522 coronavirus cases and 27,685 deaths so far.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Michael Perry)

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