Kyiv's Podil area / REUTERS

Kyiv Mayor Klitschko has informed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city has risen to 55.

"The number of patients infected with the coronavirus has increased. As of today, 55 people have their diagnosis confirmed," he said during an online briefing on March 27.

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"Today, we've received eight more laboratory-confirmed cases from state-controlled Kyiv City Laboratory Center of Ukraine's Health Ministry," he added.

According to Klitschko, the new cases are four women aged 31 to 59 and four men aged 43 to 55.

Two patients were hospitalized to Kyiv's Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital, two to Kyiv Clinical Hospital No. 4, and another two to the Interior Ministry's Central Hospital. Two more patients are being treated while in self-isolation at home.

Over 1,500 residents of Kyiv (the city's total population is nearing 3 million people) have already been checked for the coronavirus with the use of rapid test kits and laboratory tests, the mayor added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Health Ministry reported 218 confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths as of Friday morning. Four patients have already recovered.