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Scoop of the weekend: Evacuees from China under observation

Scoop of the weekend: Evacuees from China under observation

Coronavirus concerns

Food deliveries to the Ukrainians and foreigners evacuated from China, who are currently under observation in Poltava Region, are now banned to avoid the risk of diarrhea, Deputy Interior Minister Ivan Varchenko said at a briefing in Novi Sanzhary. Only items of individual hygiene, antiseptics and industrial goods are allowed.

The Health Ministry said that the evacuees would be quarantined for 14 days as planned, according to Deputy Health Minister Viktor Lyashko. If one of the evacuees begins to show the symptoms of the COVID-2019 coronavirus, he or she will be isolated, while the term of observation for others will be extended by another two weeks.

One of the foreign national evacuated from China had sharp stomach pain and was urgently examined by an ambulance team, Lyashko said. She was assigned a treatment course and a diet plan. She does not have any symptoms of an acute respiratory disease.

A carriage of the Kyiv-Moscow train, which was detached in Bryansk on 21 February on suspicion that one of the passengers may have coronavirus symptoms, was returned to Ukraine and underwent a double sanitary treatment even though the suspicions did not confirm. The elements of the interior such as pillows and matrasses would be discarded and replaced.

The head of the Ternopil regional state administration, Ihor Sopek, resigned “over the situation which emerged in Ternopil Region due to the evacuation of Ukrainian nationals from China and the unsatisfactory work of the regional state administration on informing the population about the epidemiological safety”. Last week local residents barricaded the entrance to a local sanatorium in protest against the plans to accommodate the evacuees there.

More Russians barred

Two Russian nationals, who earlier visited occupied Crimea, were barred from entering Ukraine, the State Border Service has said. They were to deliver a lecture on copywriting in Kyiv.


The death of a man in the house of former Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara is being investigated as a premeditated murder, the police said. At first, the man, who was visiting the Kozhara couple, was thought to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. The victim is the former director of Inter TV, director general of Atlantic Group, Serhiy Starytskyy.

A Bulgarian court allowed the extradition of Oleksiy Levin (Moskalenko) to Ukraine. He is suspected of involvement in the murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handzyuk in 2018.


Kyiv-Moscow was the most profitable international train route in 2019. The most profitable domestic route was from Kyiv to Odesa, the Ukrainian Railways company said.

The Go-A band will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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