Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says 14 regions have already paid all allowances of up to 300% for March to doctors working directly with COVID-19 patients.

Speaking during a regular meeting chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on preventing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and overcoming its consequences, Stepanov said that at same time, Mykolaiv region didn't detect any patient with COVID-19 in March, and Chernivtsi region, where the spread of the disease was the greatest, will need additional funding, the president's press service reported.

According to the minister, other regions will complete the payment of allowances early next week.

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"I am glad that the process is moving forward. I have already received positive feedback from doctors who received the allowance. This process is rapid when cooperation between the Cabinet of Ministers and local authorities is established. In Kherson region, all payments were completed last week. Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv regions are among the leaders. At the same time, Volyn, Luhansk, Rivne and some other regions are still stuck in bureaucratic red tape. And we already need to start paying for April," Zelensky said.

In turn, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that hospitals were currently concluding agreements with the National Health Service of Ukraine to pay allowance for work with patients with coronavirus in April. He promised to do everything possible to speed up the process.

At the same time, as of today, two records have been set in Ukraine – the number of those infected and those who recovered: 528 and 433 people, respectively.