Moscow, Apr 2 (EFE) .- Ukraine today exceeded 1.7 million cases of covid-19 after registering new daily records of infections and deaths, reported today the National Security and Defense Council, in charge of monitoring the pandemic in the country.

In the last 24 hours, Ukraine reported 19,893 new cases of coronavirus, the highest since the start of the pandamia.

The last record was registered on March 26 with 18,132 cases.

Ukraine also confirmed 433 deaths in the last day related to the coronavirus, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic just over a year ago.

During the last day, 5,040 people were also hospitalized.

The country, with a population of 41 million inhabitants, accumulates as of today more than 1.71 million confirmed cases of covid-19 and 33,679 deaths.

The situation is especially serious in the regions of Lviv (1,668 new cases), Odessa (1,608) and Kharkov (1,494), as well as in the capital, Kiev, where 1,164 infections have been added in the last 24 hours.

The mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitchkó, ​​has decreed from next Monday a strict confinement until at least the 16th.

All schools and kindergartens will be closed and public transport service, including the metro, will be restricted.

Travel around the city will be authorized only for workers in essential industries who will have special passes.

Meanwhile, the authorities hope that the vaccination campaign, which started slowly on February 24 due to the lack of access to vaccines and mistrust due to several cases of misinformation, will allow the third wave to be lessened.

So far, 267,833 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Ukraine. Only two have been inoculated the second.

The country imported its first 500,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine, an AstraZeneca preparation produced in India, on February 23 and last week the first batch -215,000 doses- of CoronaVac vaccines, produced by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, also arrived in Ukraine. Biotech.

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