The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Ukraine has risen to 17 cases.

"According to the Public Health Center, as of 22:00 Kyiv time on March 31, there were 645 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified with the use of PCR [polymerase chain reaction] in Ukraine," the country's Health Ministry said in an evening update on Facebook on March 31. "A total of 17 deaths from COVID-19 have already been registered in Ukraine."

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Ten patients have recovered so far, their repeat tests have been negative, the ministry said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 548 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 13 deaths, in Ukraine as of the evening on Monday, March 30.