Ukraine's COVID-19 cases exceed 1.5 million
Ukraine has faced a sharp jump in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, which Prime Minister Denys Shmygal called a “third wave” of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Ukraine registered a record daily high of 289 coronavirus-related deaths and the death toll remained at a high level of 267 on Thursday, Stepanov said on Facebook.
He said the number of hospitalised Ukrainians remained at a high level - 4,376 were admitted to hospitals in the past 24 hours, down from a record 4,887 the day before.
The surge in new infections and deaths has forced the prime minister to urge regional authorities to impose stronger restrictions to contain the disease.