Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has said Ukraine is facing the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases, as well as the rate of hospitalizations.

As of today, 15,797 people infected with coronavirus are being treated in hospitals, he said during an online briefing.

Stepanov stressed the Health Ministry had significantly increased the capacity of the domestic health care system over the past six months, although the response may not be sufficient.

"We are constantly deploying new hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients, increasing testing, the number of beds with the supply of oxygen... But there is a limit to any system. We can place new beds, supply oxygen, etc., but we may not have enough medics to provide medical care and rescue people," he said.

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COVID-19 in Ukraine: Latest

  • Ukraine said 4,633 new active COVID-19 cases had been confirmed across country in the past day, October 1, which marks a steady trend toward faster spread of the disease.
  • The total number of confirmed cases grew to 217,661.
  • The World Health Organization predicts Ukraine may record up to 9,000 new coronavirus cases daily.