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Increase in detection rate, dynamics of hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 seen in Ukraine – KSE

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – In Ukraine, there is an increase in the detection rate of COVID-19, which is accompanied by an increase in the dynamics of hospitalizations of patients with coronavirus.

Head of the Center for Health Economics of Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) Yuriy Hanychenko announced this at an online briefing on Tuesday.

"The detection rate already exceeds 6%, but one cannot look only at the dynamics of the number of detected cases, it is necessary to look at the hospitalization in parallel. Over the past week, the rate of hospitalization has accelerated, we already have an increase in hospitalization week by week already at the level of 31%," he said.

Hanychenko noted that "this is a very large indicator, now there is a high growth rate of hospitalizations."

He also drew attention to the dynamics of the difference between discharge and hospitalization.

"If last week it was said that hospitalization exceeded discharge by a third, and two weeks ago it was 25%, now hospitalization exceeds discharge by 40%. This means that there is an acceleration in the occupancy rate of COVID-19 beds, more patients come to COVID-19 beds," he said.

Hanychenko noted that the occupancy rate of COVID-19 beds is already increasing by 5 pp per week, while a week earlier this indicator was 3 pp, and even earlier – 1-2 pp.

At the same time, he stressed that "the situation remains under control, at the national level, oxygen beds are occupied by 22%, resuscitation beds by 27%."

He noted that currently, an average of 1,000 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized per day, and during the spring wave of morbidity, up to 1,800 patients were hospitalized per day.

Hanychenko noted that the most critical situation remains in Chernivtsi region, where half of the beds are provided with oxygen.