The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ukraine had risen to 897 by Thursday evening.

"According to the Public Health Center, there were 897 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified with the use of PCR [polymerase chain reaction] in Ukraine as of 22:00 Kyiv time on April 2," Ukraine's Health Ministry said on Facebook in its evening update on April 2.

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Twenty-two COVID-19 deaths have already been reported in the country.

Nineteen patients have recovered, their repeat tests have been negative, the ministry said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 794 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ukraine on Wednesday evening.