Ukraine expects new jump in coronavirus cases later this week

FILE PHOTO: A passenger wearing a protective face mask is seen in a bus amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in central Kyiv, Ukraine September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV (Reuters) - The daily number of new coronavirus cases in Ukraine could exceed 5,000 later this week, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said on Monday.

Ukraine reported a record of 4,661 new cases on Saturday, but the number fell to 4,140 cases on Sunday and 3,774 on Monday.

“The situation is tense but not critical,” Stepanov told a televised briefing.

The daily tally of coronavirus infections spiked above 4,000 in late September and early October, prompting the government to extend lockdown measures until the end of this month.

The health ministry said a total of 226,462 cases had been registered in Ukraine as of Oct. 5, with 4,397 deaths.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage