On 20 March Ukraine reported 15 new COVID-19 incidents, a record number taking the total to 41. The 41 cases are distributed across nine of the country’s 24 oblasts, and the city of Kyiv, according to the Center for Public Health.
The number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen steadily in a trend was previously seen in other pandemic-stricken countries over the last few days. COVID-19 has been found globally in over 271,000 people and more than 11,000 have been killed.
Ten new cases were reported in Chernivtsi Oblast on 20 March, where the first Ukrainian with the infection was identified on 3 March.
The first patient tested negative for the virus on March 20 for a second time, officially being the first Ukrainian to recover from the infection, the ministry of health announced.
Chernivtsi Oblast, located some 500 kilometres southwest of Kyiv, now has the largest number of cases of coronavirus in the country: 25, including 3 babies.
Other new cases were registered in the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Ternopil and Kyiv oblasts on March 20 — one in each. The findings of the research came from the Center for Public Health laboratory, as well as other national laboratories.
Ukraine has tested 750 people so far, according to the centre, while at the moment 48 people are undergoing laboratory testing. The country is monitoring those suspected of being contaminated, as well as others who have come into contact with infected individuals.
Three people have died from COVID-19 in Ukraine as of March 20. Two more Ukrainians have died in Italy from the infection.
Vladimir Chimaobi reporting, Obinwannem News