Record virus deaths for 3rd day in Ukraine

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Ukraine has reported a record daily high of 19,893 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says.

He said on Friday that a record high number of coronavirus-related deaths - 433 - were registered in the past day compared with the previous record of 421 on April 1.

It was the third day in a row that deaths had hit record highs.

Stepanov gave no reason for the jump in cases and deaths. Late on Thursday he said Ukraine had confirmed some cases of the novel coronavirus variant that was first discovered in South Africa.

Several of Ukraine's biggest towns, including capital Kyiv, have already imposed a strict lockdown.

Ukraine has reported a total of 1,711,630 cases with 33,679 deaths as of April 2.