Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Mortality from COVID-19 in Ukraine reaches record level amid low vaccination rate

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s Ministry of Health on Saturday reported 793 COVID-19 deaths in one day.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has been overwhelmed by coronavirus infections, putting the country’s under-funded medical system under serious strain.

The ministry said 25,063 new cases were reported in the last day; a record 27,377 people were registered on Thursday.

Although four different coronavirus vaccines are available in Ukraine, only 17.9% of the country’s 41 million people have been fully vaccinated, the second lowest in Europe after Armenia.

In an effort to stop the spread of the infection, the Ukrainian authorities have demanded that teachers, government officials and other workers be fully vaccinated by November 8, or they face a suspension of wages. In addition, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is now required to board planes, trains and long-distance buses. Earlier this week, protesters marched in the capital Kiev to denounce the new restrictions.

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In total, more than 3 million cases of infection and 71,635 deaths from viruses have been registered in Ukraine.

Ukraine also shares a border with Russia, which has set weekly records for the number of daily deaths and infections from COVID-19 since mid-September.

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