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Ukraine registers record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Ukraine has reported another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths as vaccinations in the nation of 41 million people lags

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine reported another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as vaccinations in the nation of 41 million people lags.

Ukraine’s Health Ministry registered 734 deaths in 24 hours, raising the country’s pandemic death toll to 64,936.

Amid the travel restriction, a black market for counterfeit vaccination certificates has blossomed, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to hold a meeting last week on ways to uproot the illegal practice.

To encourage more people to get vaccinated, authorities have started offering shots in shopping malls. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said Tuesday that Ukraine now is giving about 250,000 jabs a day, which is he said is the same number previously administered in a month.

Lyashko acknowledged that widespread vaccine hesitancy remained a challenge. About half of Ukraine’s medical workers have been reluctant to get immunized, he said.

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