"Given the rapid growth in the number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to urgently assess the readiness of hospitals to help patients, to provide institutions with all the necessary equipment," as reported by the president's press service.

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In addition, Zelensky instructed the government to provide medical workers with personal protective equipment in full and strengthen control over compliance with quarantine measures.

Also, the Cabinet of Ministers must revise the operation of the entry and exit checkpoints on the administrative border with the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

"Ukraine knows how to mobilize if necessary. It's time for the government to mobilize to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infection, which can have dire consequences not only for the economy, but also for our human capital," Zelensky said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's authorities on Saturday, August 8, said the number of new active COVID-19 cases increased by 1,489 over the past 24 hours.