The third wave of the pandemic sweeps Ukraine, just before the gates of a new national lockdown

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The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denis Smigal, said yesterday Thursday that his country is now affected by the “third wave” of the new coronavirus pandemic.

“Every day we see an increase in the number of patients, unfortunately,” he said, adding that “the third wave (…) has begun in Ukraine,” according to the Ukrainian news agency Interfax.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister said that a new national lockdown will be implemented if most regions of the country become “red”, referring to the color code that marks the outbreak of the pandemic.

The head of government issued the warning a few hours after the Ministry of Health announced that the cases of SARS-CoV-2 exceeded 10,000 within 24 hours, for the first time this year.

Infections are on the rise as Ukrainian authorities continue their vaccination campaign that began on February 24.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, as of yesterday, Wednesday, 9,568 citizens had received the first dose of the vaccine.

Ukraine’s approximately 44 million citizens had so far recorded 26,591 deaths due to COVID-19 out of a total of 1,374,762 SARS-CoV-2 cases.

Italy: 22,865 new cases and 339 deaths in 24 hours

In the last twenty-four hours in Italy 22,865 new cases of coronavirus were recorded and 339 people lost their lives. In total, 339,635 diagnostic tests were performed, 6.7% of which were positive.

The number of patients with covid 19 in the intensive care units of the country is 64 more than yesterday, and 394 more in the hospital wards. So far in Italy the first and the second dose of the vaccine has been given to 1,517,624 citizens, while a total of 4,841,993 have been given. vaccinations.

In terms of the areas with the most cases, in the first place is today Lombardy, with 5,174 infections. A number that is considered very high and was recorded, last time, at the end of last November.

At the same time, there is a large increase in infections in the Piedmont Region, with Turin as its capital. The daily cases are 2,167 and the percentage of positive diagnostic tests reached 12%.

Turkey: Over 11,300 cases and 68 deaths in 24 hours

The Turkish Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that 11,322 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, while 68 patients with COVID-19 had died.

The toll of the new coronavirus pandemic after it broke out in Turkey on March 11, 2020 has reached 28,839 deaths out of a total of 2,746,158 infections, according to official data.

According to the ministry, 1,220 critically ill patients are being treated in the country’s hospitals.

The mass immunization campaign in Turkey began on January 14th, after the urgent use of the Chinese company Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was granted by the competent supervisory body. As of yesterday, more than 7,402,000 people had been vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

Algeria: Deaths exceed 3,000, almost 123,000 cases

The Algerian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday six deaths of patients with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a development with which the pandemic of the new coronavirus in the country of 44 million and more inhabitants reached 3,002 dead.

During the same period, 168 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed, with the number of reported infections with the virus reaching 122,761.

The Algerian branch of the Pasteur Institute announced yesterday that six cases of variant strains of the new coronavirus have been recorded, the APS news agency reported.

Cuba: Over 800 cases and 3 deaths in 24 hours

The Cuban Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that 807 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, while three more patients with COVID-19 had died.

The Caribbean island pandemic has reached 336 deaths out of a total of 53,308 cases since March 2020.

As Francisco Duran, chief epidemiologist at the Cuban Ministry of Health, noted, although the number of cases has decreased compared to the previous one (-107), “we are on a ‘plate’ in the last 15 days” and “we do not see a steady decrease” in infections. , which requires “active and responsible contribution from the entire population”.

805 of the cases were due to transmission to the community. Havana, the epicenter of the pandemic, recorded the most infections, followed by Mayabeke province (west) and Kamawai province (central), Duran said.

Since January, the country has been facing a third wave of pandemics, prompting authorities to re-impose measures such as disrupting physical education classes, closing hotels, rooms to let, bars and restaurants.

Cuban scientists are currently working on four vaccines for the new coronavirus, which are in different stages of clinical trials. The government wants to immunize 11.2 million people, or almost the entire population, this year.

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