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Ukraine reports record daily high 3,144 new coronavirus cases

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KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine registered a record daily high of 3,144 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, the national security council said, topping a previous record of 2,836 on Sept. 5.

“We have a new record. And we have no other way but to adhere to the rules of the new reality - mask, distance and clean hands,” Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told a televised briefing.

The number of infections has increased sharply in Ukraine in the past three months as authorities have eased some restrictions, allowing cafes, churches and public transport to reopen.

Stepanov said most of the population did not follow the recommendations of doctors, did not wear masks or maintain distance.

Ukraine had 148,756 registered cases as of Sept. 11, with 3,076 deaths and 67,005 recoveries.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Christian Schmollinger and Jason Neely