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"We will observe such a scenario": Kuzin gave a forecast on when to expect a new peak of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine

Oleksiy LutykovSociety
When to expect a new peak of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine

Despite the lifting of the COVID-19 pandemic status globally and the lifting of quarantine restrictions in Ukraine, the coronavirus is still circulating. The incidence usually peaks during the cold season.

According to Ihor Kuzin, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, the peak of COVID-19 incidence is expected in our country in mid-December. He said this during a national telethon.

Kuzin explained that since the beginning of the epidemic season, more than 1.3 million people have already fallen ill with respiratory diseases in Ukraine. Moreover, since the beginning of December, about 4 thousand people have been hospitalized every week with a diagnosis of COVID-19.

He also noted that today the number of coronavirus cases is much higher than other respiratory infections.

"We will observe a pattern of transition from one virus to another. And so far, as of today, we are recording the fact that the vast majority of cases of coronavirus infection are registered," Kuzin said.

In addition, he noted that the peak in the number of COVID-19 cases is expected in mid-December. Kuzin added that the difficult epidemic situation will last until January 2024.

As a reminder, the number of coronavirus cases has recently increased significantly in Ukraine. The epidemic threshold has now been exceeded in the Chernivtsi region, but there is no talk of introducing quarantine restrictions there.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

- In October, a new subtype of coronavirus spread across Ukraine - Eris, which is a subtype of the already well-known Omicron. Patients with it were recorded in six regions of the country: Dnipro, Zakarpattia, Sumy, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, and Chernivtsi regions.

- A new subspecies of the COVID strain Omicron, known as Arcturus, was detected in the Dubno district of Rivne region. This sub-variant of the strain, which was first detected in India in January 2023, is now spreading rapidly around the world.

- Also, in Ukraine, a new sub-variant of the Omicron coronavirus strain called Pyrola was first laboratory-confirmed. A 20-year-old man in the Rivne region fell ill with it.

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