Kyiv, Vinnytsia and Ivano-Frankivsk regions currently have the largest dynamics of growth in the number of patients with COVID-19. This was announced at a conference call on preventing the spread of COVID-19, which took place under the leadership of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal informed that there are more than 263 thousand active patients in the country today.
"Out of 63,000 beds with supplied oxygen, 39,000 are occupied. 2,652 out of 4,909 intensive care beds are occupied,” the Prime Minister said.
Denys Shmyhal added that a meeting of the State Commission for Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergencies was held on March 20, as a result of which the city of Kyiv and Odesa region were included in the "red" zone. In addition, this morning, pursuant to the instruction of the President of Ukraine, the Prime Minister held a meeting with ministers to develop mechanisms with local governments for joint support of business and people in the "red" zones.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he intends to sign the law passed by the parliament on March 19 as soon as possible, according to which the state undertakes responsibility for the consequences after the COVID-19 vaccination. After that, a special compensation fund will be created by a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Following the meeting chaired by the President, Denys Shmyhal instructed Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov to make changes to the vaccination plan, which will allow to vaccinate citizens who have signed up for vaccination through the Diia portal as soon as possible.
The government is also working to get the promised COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Currently, there are agreements not only within the COVAX program, but also for Covishield, Sinovac, Pfizer vaccines.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak informed that more than 13,000 people have already been vaccinated in the Ukrainian army.