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Ukraine's Health Ministry expects the number of patients with COVID-19 will stop growing at a "hurricane rate" thanks to the "weekend quarantine" introduced in Ukraine.

"The result that we expect is a halt in the growth of the number of patients at such a hurricane rate, when every day the number of patients increases by thousands per day, and, as a result, the number of people who are hospitalized increases," Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told a Thursday briefing, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

According to the minister, it is important to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system.

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