The Ministry of Health of Ukraine confirmed the country's first case of infection with the new coronavirus. This happened in Chernivtsi, said Deputy Minister of Health, chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko.
According to him, the patient has a high fever and dry cough.
A man who returned with his wife from Italy at the end of February fell ill. Upon returning home, both self-isolated. Two days later, on February 28, her husband developed symptoms of SARS, and on February 29, he was hospitalized. On March 2, in the evening, the test for coronavirus gave a positive result. His wife has no symptoms yet. There are not many people in the immediate environment of the sick person, they are already working with them, the official assured.
According to Lyashko, as of March 2, there were four cases of suspected coronavirus infection in the country, one of them was confirmed.
On February 20, Ukrainian authorities evacuated 45 citizens and 27 foreigners from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic. All of them were placed in the sanatorium of the national guard "Novi Sanzhary" in the Poltava region. Local residents staged protests, which were accompanied by clashes with the police. The head of the Ministry of Health of the country Zoryana Kaletskaya decided to spend 14 days in quarantine with the evacuees. As of February 27, they were not infected.
Also, cases of coronavirus infection were reported from Ukrainian citizens aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship and from those who became infected in Italy.