The minister warns against an increase in the COVID-19 incidence / Photo from UNIAN

Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says that the number of patients with COVID-19 in Ukraine has been "growing rapidly."

"The number of people with COVID-19 has been growing rapidly. You see that COVID-19 is not going to disappear anywhere, and if we compare the incidence rates that we had at the beginning of June, in the middle of June, and what is happening now, then the growth is almost 2.5 times," he said at a briefing on August 9, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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The minister called on Ukrainians to take the disease seriously and abide by the Health Ministry's recommendations.

As UNIAN reported earlier, some 1,199 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ukraine in the past 24 hours as of August 9, 2020. The total number of confirmed cases grew to 80,949.

The following areas are in the lead by number of confirmed cases: Lviv region (10,851), the city of Kyiv (9,498), Rivne region (6,840), Chernivtsi region (6,669), and Zakarpattia (5,765).