“If we are talking about PCR tests of Ukrainian production, then before starting to purchase and use them for diagnostics, all examinations were carried out, these PCR systems were tested. They do not differ in accuracy of the result from the best test systems, which exist in the world: neither from German, nor from Korean, nor from Chinese ones. Therefore, we began to use Ukrainian-made PCR tests in such a massive way, "said Stepanov.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine began supplying PCR systems of domestic production. It was reported that one system could be used for nearly 100 tests. On April 24, 2,000 PCR systems (200,000 tests) were delivered to the regions, and on April 25, another 1,000 systems (about 100,000 tests) were delivered. And on April 26, it was planned to send another 150,000 tests to the regions.
We recall, as of the morning of April 26, in Ukraine 8,617 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded, of which 209 were fatal, 840 patients recovered. 492 new cases were recorded per day.
According to Stepanov, the number of tests is constantly increasing. The government purchases them from China and South Korea.
"Ukraine is fully equipped with the required number of PCR tests. Today we have about 200,000 PCR tests ... We have started the production of our own Ukrainian PCR tests. In this regard, we are fully provided," he said.
In addition, the Minister of Health stated that Ukraine had a sufficient number of artificial lung ventilation devices.