Ukraine's Health Ministry predicts record spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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Now 14,000 beds have access to piped oxygen / Photo from UNIAN, by Andriy Mariyenko

Now 14,000 beds have access to piped oxygen / Photo from UNIAN, by Andriy Mariyenko

Ukraine may soon see a record spike in hospitalizations of patients with the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

This was announced by Deputy Health Minister and the country's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko on TV Channel Ukraine 24.

Read also Daily COVID-19 spike in Ukraine hits new high with 4,027 cases on Sept 30

The cause behind an increase in the number of cases, according to Liashko, is the fact that people do not follow anti-epidemic measures.

"We are nearing a record number of hospitalizations per day," he said.

"There were 742 beds, and today it is 730-735 throughout the country. Because of this, the bed occupancy rate and percentages are on the rise. An increase in cases of coronavirus disease is critical. This is an indicator that signals that we have started neglecting anti-epidemic rules. I will keep on saying this until the situation is back to normal."

He also said that almost 30,000 beds in hospitals in Ukraine had already been repurposed. According to him, 14,000 beds now have access to piped oxygen.

"Five hundred beds of academic institutions in Kyiv will be repurposed. Kharkiv Region's deputy governor has come today, we have considered what additional hospital in Kharkiv could be engaged," he said.

"The health care system has been ramping up its potential," he added.

Author: UNIAN

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