Ukraine’s COVID-19 death toll could reach 4,000, health officials say

A serviceman wearing a protective face mask amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walks in a street in central Kyiv, Ukraine July 30, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 August 2020

Ukraine’s COVID-19 death toll could reach 4,000, health officials say

  • Ukraine reported a record high 1,197 new coronavirus cases on July 29
  • Ukraine now has 71,056 cases of the virus since the start of the outbreak

KYIV: Health officials in Ukraine, which has seen a spike in coronavirus cases this week, said on Saturday the outbreak could cause the nation’s death toll to reach 4,000, more than double the current fatalities, Interfax Ukraine news agency said.
Ukraine reported a record high 1,197 new coronavirus cases on July 29 and a record number of hospital admissions, with health authorities blaming the jump on wider use of public transport and attendance at church services.
Deputy Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said preventative measures were the only way to contain the spread of the virus.
Ukrainians still have to wear face masks and adhere to social distancing rules in restaurants and public places, although the government said last week that it will allow individual regions to ease restrictions if warranted.
On Saturday, the country reported 1,172 new coronavirus cases versus 1,090 a day earlier.
Ukraine now has 71,056 cases of the virus since the start of the outbreak, including 1,709 deaths and 39,308 people who have recovered from COVID-19.
Lyashko said the total number of cases could reach 400,000 during the course of the epidemic.


At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Updated 08 August 2020

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

  • The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab extremist group often targets military sites in Mogadishu

NAIROBI, Kenya: A Somali police officer says at least eight soldiers are dead and more than 14 others wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a military base in Somalia’s capital.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the toll is expected to rise.
Police Col. Ahmed Muse says the bomber struck the 12th April Army Brigade base near the newly reopened sports stadium in Warta-Nabadda district.
Witnesses say ambulance sirens can be heard as police cordon off the scene. Huge clouds of smoke are billowing.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab extremist group often targets military sites in Mogadishu.