KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine on Tuesday set another record for the number of daily deaths from coronavirus amid a surge in infections caused by population reluctance to receive the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health reported 833 coronavirus deaths in the last day, surpassing the previous high of 793 over the weekend, bringing the country’s total confirmed deaths from COVID-19 to 73,390. In a country of 41 million people, 18,988 new infections have been reported daily over the past day.
Although there are four vaccines available in Ukraine – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac – only 18% of the population is fully vaccinated. This is the second lowest indicator in Europe after Armenia.
In an effort to expedite the introduction of the vaccine, authorities have demanded that teachers, government employees and other workers be fully vaccinated by November 8 or have their salaries suspended.
On Tuesday, the government also ordered workers in state-controlled companies, including railways and the postal service, as well as social workers, to get vaccinated by December 1.
Ukrainian authorities have also begun demanding proof of vaccination or negative test results for COVID-19 from people boarding planes, trains and long-distance buses.
New government regulations and restrictions have spawned a booming black market for fake vaccine documents. Fake vaccination certificates are selling for the equivalent of $ 100-300, and there have been reports of a fake version of a government digital app with fake certificates already installed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday that the Ukrainian police have set up 1,400 mobile units to track down forged vaccine documents.
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