Coronavirus: Protesters attack buses carrying China evacuees in Ukraine

People residing in Novi Sanzhary in Ukraine’s Poltava region took to the streets out of fear that their town could be exposed to coronavirus, a coronavirus that has affected more than 75,000 and killed more than 2,000 people globally.

The vast majority of the cases and deaths have been in China.

A video published by Ukrainian media showed six buses with the evacuees arrived at the medical centre, accompanied by law enforcement officers. The policemen had to disperse the protesters to unblock a road that leads to the hospital and to create a cordon for the vehicles.

The evacuees were being given the healthcare facility in Novi Sanzhary, in the main Poltava area, where they will certainly be kept in quarantine for 14 days. Many citizens are afraid the infection might spread out with the community, which has a populace of regarding 10,000. According to a statement, SSU officials are now investigating the apparent hoax.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov arrived at the scene in a bid to calm tension, but more scuffles broke out in the evening. Ukraine’s interior ministry said all evacuees would be kept for two weeks at the Novi Sanzhary medical facility in the neighbouring Poltava region.

A plane carrying 45 Ukrainians and 27 foreign nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, arrived earlier Thursday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s diplomatic ministry said that three Ukrainians and a resident of Kazakhstan were left behind in China because they had a fever.

The fatality rate for coronavirus is about 2.3 percent, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Volodymyr Zelensky attempted to calm people down by stating his Facebook page. “Security measures are unprecedented. We have done everything possible and impossible to guarantee that the virus will not get to Ukraine,” he said.

“Most of the passengers are people under 30. They are almost like children to many of us,” Zelensky said, adding there was no imminent danger from the novel virus. “But there is another danger that I would like to mention. The danger of forgetting that we are all human and we are all Ukrainians,” he said.

Many Ukrainians took to social media to say that they were ashamed of their compatriots’ behaviour.

According to an eyewitness hundreds of police were out in the streets of Novi Sanzhary to keep order, and an armoured personnel vehicle was used to pull cars and barricades apart.

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