Covid 19 cases rise again sharply.

Ukraine registered 2,477 new cases of COVID on September 2. In the previous 24 hours, 23,522 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 7,954 antibody tests were carried out. Over 12 million PCR tests have been conducted since the start of the pandemic. The total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic is nearly 2.3 million.  The largest numbers of new cases were recorded in the city of Kyiv (309), Kharkiv Oblast (224), Lviv Oblast (183),

The EU is opening up for the minority of Ukrainians who have completed the two-shot Covid vaccination cycle.

At last count this would be 766,718 people – about 2.5% of Ukrainian adults. While the rules change frequently, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania now accept Ukrainian tourists who have been vaccinated with EU-approved vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.  Georgia, Hungary and Moldova accept Ukraine’s new vaccination certificate, a document that also includes vaccination with Chinese-made vaccines.

By June 1, the EU plans to implement a uniform vaccination certificate that will allow free movement by EU citizens within the bloc

. “We can guarantee that the system will be operational by the summer season,” EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said Thursday. Available in paper or digital form, it will certify that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or recovered from an infection. A QR code will ensure that certificates can be read through the 27 countries of the EU. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the measure this week.

Ukraine has passed the peak of its third coronavirus wave,

said Maksym Stepanov, Health Minister, in a press conference yesterday. Last week, there were 3,500 fewer hospitalizations than the previous week. In the nation, hospitals in the capital, Kyiv, had the highest occupancy level of hospital beds equipped with oxygen – 75%. Three other regional centers were also hardest hit: Odesa – 73%, Kyiv – 70%, and Sumy- 69.5%. The Deputy Health Minister,Viktor Liashko, announced that  367,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are to arrive in Kyiv tomorrow. In the first two months

Ukraine’s third coronavirus wave may be receding,

 Health Minister Maksym Stepanov wrote yesterday on Facebook. Hospitalization rates are declining and Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia are no longer considered “red” zones. He reported that Tuesday “was the first day when the number of people discharged from hospitals exceeded the number of hospitalized people.” However, he added Kyiv city and the regions of Kyiv, Lviv and Poltava “continue to be in the ‘red’ zone of increased epidemic danger and the situation there remains extremely difficult.”

Ukraine’s capital tops the nation’s 11 red zone regions for new infections, with about 1,000 new cases reported a day.

Kyiv hospital occupancy levels are around 85%. Klitschko said: “We have lines of ambulances in front of hospitals. We have no choice. Otherwise, there will be hundreds of deaths every day.” Nationwide, the Health Ministry reported 407 coronavirus deaths yesterday, a record for the year-long pandemic.