Mayor Klitschko comments on possibility of conducting mass Covid-19 testing in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the mayor, this is an almost impossible task
17:58, 9 December 2020

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It is practically impossible to carry out mass Covid-19 PCR testing in Ukraine and especially in Kyiv (a city with several million inhabitants) due to the high cost. Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said this during an online briefing.

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"According to the prime minister, the government is preparing a project of mass testing. They allegedly want to conduct it in Kyiv and all major cities of Ukraine. According to experts, such testing can reveal more than 25-30% of asymptomatic carriers of the virus. But such an initiative of the government will not be easy to implement. It is almost impossible to do PCR tests for millions of people in Ukraine at once. Firstly, we do not have so many tests. Secondly, we need mobile laboratories, specialists who will work in them. And, unfortunately, the state does not have such capabilities. I don't see it today," Klitschko said.

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He noted that Kyiv conducts the largest number of tests out of all cities of Ukraine - more than 400 per 100,000 of population.

As we reported earlier, in Kyiv, 1,728 new coronavirus cases observed during the past 24 hours.

34 people died from complications caused by a coronavirus. Totally, 1,498 people died.

Meanwhile, there are 84,538 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection.

127 patients were hospitalized; while others stay in self-isolation under the control of the doctors.

636 people recovered in 24 hours. Totally, 26,403 Kyiv citizens overcame the coronavirus.

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