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Ukrainian protestors attack bus carrying Chinese evacuees from Wuhan

Published on 21/02/20 at 10:34am

On Thursday, Ukrainian protestors attacked buses carrying people evacuated from Wuhan in China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

The evacuees were flown into Ukraine, where six buses then drove them to a health spa in Novi Sanzhary and they will be held in quarantine for 14 days. In total 45 Ukrainains and 27 foreign nationals were in the convoy.

On their journey they were stopped by protestors who attacked the buses with stones before armoured personal carriers were deployed by the national guard, who managed to disperse the protestors.

None of the evacuees have been confirmed to have the coronavirus but the Ukrainian security service said a fake email, claiming to be from the health ministry, said that some of them were infected.

Currently no one in Ukraine has been contracted coronavirus, and three Ukrainians and a resident from Kazakhstan were left behind during the evacuation due to having fever.

To show solidarity with the evacuees, the Health Minister of Ukriane Zoryana Skaletska said she would be joining those quarantined. She wrote on Facebook: “I hope that my presence there will calm those in Novi Sanzhary, as well as the rest of the country.”

The latest figures from China put the death toll from the disease at 2,236 people and total infections at more than 75,000.

Conor Kavanagh

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