Some 22 patients have recovered / Photo from UNIAN

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ukraine had risen to 1,072 by Friday evening.

"According to the Public Health Center, there were 1,072 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 3," Ukraine's Health Ministry said on Facebook in its evening update on April 3.

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

Twenty-two patients have recovered, their repeat tests have been negative, the ministry said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 897 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ukraine on Thursday evening.