An official sprays disinfectant in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. Picture: AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim
An official sprays disinfectant in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. Picture: AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim

Ukraine to suspend all passenger flights from March 17 - Interfax Ukraine

By Matthias Williams Time of article published Mar 13, 2020

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Kiev - Ukraine will suspend all passenger flights from March 17, Interfax Ukraine quoted Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov as saying on Friday evening.

Ukraine earlier announced that it was banning foreign nationals from entering the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The country recorded its first death from the virus on Friday.

A 71-year-old woman in the Zhytomyr region died, having recently returned from Poland. Ukraine has two other confirmed cases of the virus.

Ukraine's government at a televised meeting on Friday decided to ban citizens registered in separatist-held territory in the eastern Donbass region from entering government-controlled areas.

The authorities in Kiev are also gearing up to close border checkpoints with countries bordering the European Union in the west, but have not yet specified how many would be closed or when the closures would happen.

The decisions need the final approval from the national security and defence council, which is chaired by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and will meet later on Friday. 

Reuters

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