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Source: Government of Ukraine

There are now almost 60 automated RNA extraction stations operating in Ukraine, compared to only one at the beginning of the pandemic. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced in a statement at the Verkhovna Rada on November 17. He added that by the end of the year there will be 68 such stations.

The Head of Government stressed that the work on improving the capacity of the medical system is carried out on a daily basis.

“In mid-April, i.e. exactly 7 months ago, the number of PCR tests was 3,500 per day. Now we reach the level of 50,000 a day. By the end of the year, the task set for the relevant Ministry is to reach 75,000 per day. ELISA tests in April were zero and now 20,000-30,000 every day,” stressed Denys Shmyhal.

According to the Prime Minister, the work of state laboratories has actually been resumed from scratch. In total, the laboratories have been funded by UAH 1 billion during this time. Additional payments are set for their employees.

“At the beginning of the pandemic in Ukraine, only 12,500 beds were ready to receive patients. Currently, their number is 54,000. And every week the Government adds 2,000 to 4,000 new beds. At present, we can not see the need to deploy mobile hospitals, but such preparations are underway,” the Head of Government said.

According to Denys Shmyhal, about 700 ventilators are currently used in Ukraine, while hospitals have almost 5,000 devices.

The Prime Minister also stressed that the main task now is to provide hospitals with oxygen systems. “In fact, the Government has allocated UAH 1.5 billion for these needs. The whole certification is simplified as much as possible. Every day we engage in communication with oxygen and supply system manufacturers, concentrator suppliers in order to effectively coordinate the whole process and logistics,” summarized Denys Shmyhal.

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