The number of hospitalizations is growing / REUTERS

Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the COVID-19 situation in the country remains tough.

"The situation remains quite tough. The number of new cases has been increasing and, as a result, the number of people in hospitals is on the rise," he said at a briefing on Monday, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

Read alsoMP Dubinsky: Cabinet to re-impose full lockdown in Ukraine from Dec 24According to Stepanov, 96,936 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the past week, which was almost 7,000 up on the previous week.

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The number of hospitalizations is also growing: 11,606 people were hospitalized last week, while their number was 10,597 in the previous week.

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