Ukraine reports highest daily number of coronavirus cases in a month

An elderly woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus disease sells flowers in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on a hot summer day on July 21, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 25 July 2020

Ukraine reports highest daily number of coronavirus cases in a month

  • The number of new daily infections has increased sharply in the past two months
  • The total number of cases rose to 63,929, including 1,590 deaths, while 35,497 patients recovered as of July 25

KYIV: Ukraine reported 1,106 new cases of the coronavirus within a 24-hour period, the highest daily toll since a record on June 26, when it reached 1,109, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said on Saturday.
The number of new daily infections has increased sharply in the past two months following the gradual lifting of restrictions that began in late-May.
Stepanov said that 205 people had been admitted to hospitals. “It means their lives are under threat and we have to understand that this disease is very serious,” he told an online briefing.
The total number of cases rose to 63,929, including 1,590 deaths, while 35,497 patients recovered as of July 25.
Stepanov appealed to people to stick to rules aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
Ukraine’s government this week extended a nationwide lockdown until Aug. 31, requiring people to wear masks and adhere to social distancing rules in restaurants and public places. At the same time, it will allow separate regions to ease the regime if warranted.
Ukraine’s central bank forecast a 6 percent slump in gross domestic product mainly due to coronavirus restrictions in 2020 compared with 3.2 percent growth last year.


Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

Updated 01 October 2020

Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

  • The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers

ROME: Italy is considering extending until Jan. 31 next year its state of emergency over the COVID-19 crisis, two national newspapers said on Thursday.
The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers, allowing officials to more easily bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.
Dailies Il Messagero and Corriere della Sera said a cabinet meeting discussed the issue late on Wednesday.
“It is not official yet.. while at first (the government) talked about pushing it back to Dec. 31, during the meeting (the government) considered going beyond the end of the year, given that the cohabitation with the virus is destined to go on for a long time still,” Il Messaggero said.