- "A record number of 310 people recovered in the past 24 hours, but 21 patients died," said the Minister of Health.
- In the Lviv Oblast, 39 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed.
- Meanwhile, the state leadership decided to cancel the second stage of medical reform.
As of Friday morning, the number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection detected in Ukraine increased by 504, while 310 people recovered, and 21 patients died. The total number of registered cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine reached 14,195, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said at a briefing in Kiev.
“Over the past day, 504 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Ukraine, of which 44 in children and 98 in medical workers. Some 237 people were hospitalized in health facilities. A record number of 310 people recovered in the past 24 hours, but 21 patients died,” said Stepanov.
A total of 2,706 people have recovered from the coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic in Ukraine and 361 people have died. Doctors performed more than 159,000 PCR tests, the Center for Public Health (CGH) at the Ministry of Health said on Facebook. Quarantine due to the coronavirus epidemic in Ukraine has been extended until May 22. Some restrictions will be lifted by the government on May 11.
Record Number of New Patients in Lviv
In the Lviv Oblast, 39 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed. This is a record number since the beginning of the pandemic. In the Lviv Oblast, there are 553 official cases of coronavirus infection, 16 people have died, and 116 recovered.
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said on his Telegram page that he was closely monitoring the dynamics of the disease. He also assured that the decision to reduce quarantine will be made only if it declines. At the same time, Chernivtsi hospitals have run out of places for people with coronavirus disease, which has never happened in the city before. Mayor Alexei Kaspruk commented on the situation:
“Places in city hospitals for coronavirus patients have run out. It is clear that places appear periodically because there is a process of recovery of people, people who are discharged home. Unfortunately, other people are dying and other people are transferred from one hospital to another because the condition is deteriorating or vice versa. But, in general, we can say that all three hospitals that we have planned for the treatment of patients with coronavirus are already completely filled.”
According to Kaspruk, as of today, the city hospital has started accepting COVID-19 patients. “There is also a difficult situation – overcrowded intensive care units,” said the mayor, “but there are 25 places to receive patients.” He added, “we see that we literally opened the 3rd city hospital on Friday, and it is already completely filled [with COVID-19 patients].” Kaspruk said, “at this rate, I think, in a few days and in the region there will be no free beds.”
Now the regional authorities are preparing a hospital for war veterans to receive coronavirus patients. According to Kaspruk, given this situation, the main quarantine restrictions will be maintained, including for transportation on public transport (except for special transportation).
The mayor also said that, given the meager surcharges to doctors from the central budget (“only a few hundred hryvnias”), the City Council will meet and decide to increase spending on incentives for doctors from the city budget. At the same time, the state leadership decided to cancel the second stage of medical reform.
The largest number of confirmed cases was registered in the Dnipropetrovsk region (90), Lviv (39), Chernivtsi (37), and in the city of Kyiv (68). In total, 13,184 people, including 905 children and 2,251 health workers, became infected with the coronavirus during the entire pandemic in Ukraine.