Coronavirus spike of 18,000 new cases reported in Ukraine

20 January 2022, 11:06 AM

A dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases was reported on Jan. 20, with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health stating that 18,000 new COVID-19 cases were identified the previous day. Meanwhile, another 131 people perished from the disease, while nearly 4,500 recovered.

According to previous statements made by the World Health Organization, half of Europe is set to be infected with the Omicron variant of the disease “within six to eight weeks.”

The reasons for this surge are currently inconclusive, but it represents an increase of nearly 5,000 new daily cases over the numbers reported for Jan. 18.

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Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 million cases have been reported. Some 3.5 million people have recovered but nearly 100,000 Ukrainians have died from COVID-19.

At the moment, Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine is the country’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, with nearly 3,000 new cases reported. Lviv, another region in western Ukraine, follows behind with nearly 1,500 new infections. A similar amount of cases have been reported in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

There is no COVID-19 data available on Russian-occupied Crimea and the Donbas.

Until March, Ukrainians are obliged to follow the rules of an “adaptive lockdown,” which divides the country into colored zones based on its level of infection. At the moment, the whole country is classified as a “yellow” zone.

Over 30 million Ukrainians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine jab. Nearly 15 million people have been vaccinated twice, and around 150,000 have had a booster dose.

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