Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says the number of patients with severe COVID-19 cases in the capital city is on the rise.

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"I'd like to mention that that there are 274 patients, including 11 children, in the capital's hospitals for the time being. Unfortunately, the number of patients with severe [coronavirus] conditions is on the rise. There are 48 of them today. Seven are on a ventilator," he said during an online briefing on July 1.

According to Klitschko, the number of patients with pneumonia is growing as well. In total, 442 people with such diagnosis are now being treated in the city's medical institutions. In particular, 40 such patients were hospitalized in the past 24 hours.

Hospitals for patients of the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, with capacity of almost 900 beds, are filled by 31%. These are eight general and maternity hospitals.

The mayor says the city has prepared almost 800 more beds in seven medical institutions for the second wave of COVID-19 patients.

"In particular, additional beds have been arranged in Oleksandrivska City Clinical Hospital. Another block with 70 more beds has been designated for [COVID-19] patients there along with beds in specialized medical institutions," he added.