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Decrease in COVID-19 incidence observed in Ukraine for second week, but situation in Europe alarming – KSE

KYIV. Nov 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A decrease in the incidence and hospitalization of patients with COVID-19 in Ukraine has been observed for the second week in a row, but it is still premature to talk about the full passage of the peak of the current wave, experts from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) believe.

"The risk of a resumption of the rise in incidence is still high, as Europe breaks COVID-19 incidence records every day due to repeated outbreaks of several European countries," said Yuriy Hanychenko, head of the KSE Center for Health Economics, at a weekly online briefing on Tuesday.

He noted that over the past week, the number of covid patients has decreased by 13%, and the number of occupied beds with oxygen decreased from 70% of their total number to 55% (the reserve of free beds with oxygen increased to 33,000).

In addition, Hanychenko said that the death rate from covid infection is also showing signs of a decline, dropping by 3%.

Commenting on the situation with vaccinations, experts noted the continued dynamics of 250,000 vaccines administered per week. At the same time, they pointed to a 26% decrease in the number of first doses with a 42% increase in the number of second doses, expressing concern that the increase in demand for second doses could hold back the processing of demand for the first dose.

"Ukraine is approaching the WHO target of vaccination of 40% of the population by the end of 2021 – 41% of adult Ukrainians received one dose of the vaccine," the KSE stated.

The highest level is in Kyiv and Kyiv region – 64% and 52%, respectively, the lowest – in Zakarpattia with 26%.