Ukrainian President Zelensky, chief of staff hospitalized with severe cases of COVID

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Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky and the head of his office, Andry Yermak, have been hospitalised after they contracted coronavirus earlier this week, a presidential official said on Thursday.

Zelensky and Yermak are being treated at Kyiv’s Feofania Clinical Hospital. “He first went home, but decided to move to Feofania, to accurately isolate and not expose anyone. There are better conditions for patients”, a presidential spokeswoman said, referring to the president’s health.

On Monday, Zelensky revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Other top officials, including the finance and defense ministers, were also reported to be infected.

On Wednesday, Zelensky’s cabinet voted to impose a national lockdown at weekends.

On Thursday, the country registered a record 11,057 new coronavirus cases over the previous 24 hours, with 198 new deaths. So far, it has registered a total of 500,865 infections and 9,145 deaths.