KYIV, Ukraine — Coronavirus infections in Ukraine hit a record 18,132 on Friday.
The previous record of 16,669 cases was reported on Thursday.
Ukraine, a nation of 41 million, has reported a total of more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the pandemic and 31,461 confirmed deaths.
Ukraine began vaccinations against COVID-19 in late February after receiving 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. But reluctance to take the shots has been strong as new infections severely tax the country’s underfunded health care system.