One case in Kyiv in the past 24 hours was fatal / Photo from UNIAN

The number of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Kyiv is nearing 1,200.

"In the past 24 hours, the number of Kyiv residents who tested positive for the coronavirus increased by 29, including 10 health care workers," Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said on Facebook on April 26. "In total, there are 1,188 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the capital city now."

"Unfortunately, one case in the past 24 hours is a fatality," he added.

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According to Klitschko, nine men aged 25 to 70 and 15 women aged 27 to 70 are among those infected. In addition, three boys aged 4, 10, 17 and two girls aged 4 and 12 tested positive for the coronavirus. Klitschko said seven new patients had been hospitalized, while the rest were self-isolating, undergoing treatment at home under the supervision of doctors.

"I really want to hope that the dynamics of the disease will not accelerate and we can finally start easing the restrictions," Klitschko said, adding that the next two weeks would be critically important.

The mayor called on residents of Kyiv to continue adhering to the quarantine rules to prevent a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the capital, which will let the city gradually return to normal life.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 8,617 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 209 deaths, in Ukraine as of 09:30 a.m. Kyiv time on April 26.