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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has urged citizens to take personal safety measures and government – to launch a major campaign to raise people's awareness about COVID-19.

The move is due to the latest record-high of daily COVID-19 cases reported as of Friday morning, the President's Office reports.

Presiding over a traditional conference call with government members and regional leaders, Zelensky recalled that on August 13, a total of 1,732 new active cases were reported.

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This indicates that "the country is on the verge of a second wave of the disease spread."

"We must boost the awareness campaign to counter the coronavirus spread. We must convey to the population the importance of taking personal protection measures, observing quarantine rules: minimizing visits to crowded locations, visits to mass events," the president said.

Coronavirus in Ukraine on August 14

  • A record number of new active COVID-19 cases was reported over the past 24 hours as of early Friday: 1,732. Another record high was reported for the number of hospitalized patients: 330.
  • In total, since the start of the epidemic outbreak, Ukraine has reported 87,872 cases, including 2,011 fatalities and 46,216 recoveries.