Ukraine catches up with Poland, Czech Republic in number of COVID-19 tests run – PM.

Ukraine ranked 35th globally in terms of the number of COVID-19 patients.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says Ukraine has reached the level of Poland and the Czech Republic in terms of the number of COVID-19 tests run.

Today the number of patients is gradually decreasing for the second consecutive day, he said during a traditional Q&A session in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on July 3.

"It is still high, but the ratio of those who fell ill to those who recovered is quite positive. More than 800 people contracted the disease, while over 500 recovered ... The previous few weeks we saw a significant surge in Ukraine – around 1,000 people contracted the virus every day," he said.

Shmyhal noted that the number of daily tests in Ukraine exceeds 20,000, and even 25,000 on some days.

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"Everyone who applies in this regard gets the opportunity to be tested," he assured

"Today, in terms of the number of tests, Ukraine has reached ... the level of Poland and the Czech Republic. We ranked 35th globally in terms of the number of patients. And we are on a par with the countries of Eastern Europe in terms of the number of tests run," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 46,763 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine as of the morning of July 3. They include 1,212 deaths and 20,558 recoveries. Some 876 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.

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