Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has said the total number of PCR testing for coronavirus infection COVID-19 should be 30,000 per day by mid-September.

"We have a task to reach the level of 30,000 PCR testing per day by September 15. Today, laboratory facilities allow us to do this," he said during the conference call with the heads of health departments of regional state administrations, regional laboratory centers and heads of regional headquarters on the elimination of the consequences of the emergency situation related to the spread of COVID-19, according to the government portal.

According to Stepanov, as of August 19, laboratories of all forms of ownership conducted 1,356,698 PCR testing and 860,388 ELISA tests. Currently, the city of Kyiv, as well as Lviv and Odesa regions, are in lead in laboratory research. The smallest number of surveys was conducted in Luhansk (11,035), Mykolaiv (17,494) and Poltava (21,924) regions.

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During the meeting, Stepanov also stressed the shortcomings in the work of hotlines should be urgently corrected in each region. Their staff should promptly answer citizens' questions and provide clear advice on what to do if they have symptoms of coronavirus disease.

Coronavirus epidemic in Ukraine

  • Ukraine said 2,106 new active COVID-19 cases had been confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours as of August 21, 2020, marking yet another highest daily rise.
  • The country's Health Ministry reported about a sharp increase in the number of patients with a severe course of the coronavirus disease.
  • In addition, the ministry called on the regions to get ready for the second wave of COVID-19 in Ukraine.