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Ukraine's total coronavirus cases exceed 700,000, health minister says

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker wearing protective gear stands next to an ambulance outside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kyiv, Ukraine November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV (Reuters) - The total number of novel coronavirus cases in Ukraine climbed to 709,701 as it registered a record daily tally of 16,294 new infections in the past 24 hours, health minister Maksym Stepanov said on Saturday.

He said 184 patients had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 12,093.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Robert Birsel

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