Big jump in new COVID-19 cases in Ukraine

There's been a big surge in new virus cases in Ukraine, since the end of a tight lockdown.
There's been a big surge in new virus cases in Ukraine, since the end of a tight lockdown.

Ukraine has registered an almost 40 per cent jump in new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said, just as the country starts its COVID-19 inoculation.

A total of 8,147 cases were registered on Wednesday, the highest figure since mid-January when the number of new cases stood at 8,199, Stepanov said on Facebook. There were 5,850 new cases as of February 24.

The ministry's data show most of the new cases were registered in the western part of the country and in the capital Kyiv. The country has registered a total of more than 1.3 million cases with 25,596 deaths.

Coronavirus cases have picked up after a lull during a tight lockdown at the start of the year. The government has set up mobile hospitals in western Ukraine to cope with a sharp spike in cases in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Ukraine on Wednesday started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with 159 medical workers getting the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of which came to Ukraine on Tuesday from India.

Australian Associated Press