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Ukraine Covid-19 Outbreak Near ‘Catastrophic’ Level

  • Daily cases pass benchmark of 9,000 estimated by Unicef
  • Slow ramp-up of testing hinders efforts to fight virus
Standby facility for COVID-19 patients opened at Lugansk Republican Clinical Hospital

Photographer: Alexander Reka/TASS/Getty Images

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Ukraine is at the limit of its capacity to treat coronavirus patients.

“The situation is quickly changing from difficult to catastrophic,” Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told lawmakers in Kyiv this week. “It is impossible to pass the next wave lightly. No matter how quickly we add hospital beds, the coronavirus spreads faster.”