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Ukraine registers record daily high of 2,134 new coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians, including a woman wearing a protective face mask amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), cross a street in central Kyiv, Ukraine August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine registered 2,134 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record for infections in the country, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said on Thursday.

Stepanov said the new data surpassed the previous single-day record of 1,967 reported the previous day.

“We have seen an increase of number of new infections throughout Ukraine, almost every day we have a new anti-record,” Stepanov said at a televised briefing.

The minister said that 407 patients were admitted to hospitals and 40 died in the past 24 hours, also the highest daily tally.

He urged citizens to wear masks, keep distancing and follow other rules recommended by the ministry.

“Our doctors, no matter how professional they are, cannot defeat COVID-19 by themselves, we can do it only by joint efforts,” he said.

The number of new cases increased sharply in August despite the country reimposing some restrictions recently.

The total number of cases has reached 98,537, including 2,184 deaths.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by David Goodman and Toby Chopra