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Reintegration Ministry confirms first coronavirus death in occupied Donbas

A man died in a hospital in Amvrosiyivka.

Reintegration Ministry confirms first coronavirus death in occupied Donbas
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The Ministry for Reintegration and Temporarily Occupied Territories have reported the first death from coronavirus in occupied Donbas.

The occupying administration in Donetsk Region recognized six cases of coronavirus, however has kept lethal cases a secret.

"According to the available information, a citizen infected with coronavirus died in the central district hospital in the city of Amvrosiyivka on 4 April. This fact is being hushed up, corresponding medical files were confiscated," it said.

The ministry said that civilians are deprived of medical assistance while pro-Russian militants are examined by Russian virologists, in particular in Kadiyivka.

By the end of the week, the Red Cross is expected to deliver humanitarian assistance, including for fight against coronavirus, to Donbas.

The Reintegration Ministry said that the Russian authorities in Crimea are also keeping the number of diseases a secret.

"As of 7 April, the Russian occupying authorities have recognized 22 cases of coronavirus infections in Crimea and five in Sevastopol. Around 7,000 more people are under various types of observation on suspicion of having been infected. According to the available information, the true number of infected people is much higher," the ministry said.

The first case of coronavirus in occupied Donbas was registered on 29 March. Two days later the occupying authorities confirmed the case.

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