Ukraine this Friday registered a record of infections and deaths due to coronavirus for the second day in a row, as its capital, Kiev, prepares to introduce strict restrictions.
According to government figures, 23,785 new cases and 614 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
This Friday, Kiev could order the closure of restaurants, theaters and other public places if its employees are not vaccinated.
The authorities of this former Soviet republic of 41 million inhabitants had problems to stock up on vaccines at first and, as soon as they could count on the immunizers, they came across a population reluctant to get vaccinated.
However, since measures were imposed in areas severely hit by the Covid-19, such as the obligation to present a vaccination certificate to enter public spaces such as schools and theaters, the rate of immunization accelerated.
According to official data on Friday, 269,666 people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, the highest number since Ukraine began its campaign in February.
Only 16.5% of the population is vaccinated, according to the government. In the country, immunizers from AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Modern.
To date, Ukraine has recorded more than 2.7 million coronavirus cases and more than 63,000 deaths.