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Covid-19 epidemic: Ukrainian border guards monitor passengers coming from Italy

Source : 112 Ukraine

All units were informed of the current situation in Italy, as the local authorities closed schools and other public places over the raging epidemic; over 150 cases of infection with coronavirus
15:35, 24 February 2020

Ukrainian border guards
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards started visual monitoring of passengers that arrive in Ukraine from Italy. Andriy Demchenko, the spokesman of the authority said so as quoted by Interfax agency.

"We only have the reinforced visual monitoring of passengers in the aviation checkpoints, as well as car and railroad checkpoints. All of our units were informed about the situation in Italy", he said.  

He added that in case border guards have any suspicions about health conditions of passengers, they will immediately inform the medical staff in airports or other kinds of checkpoints. If passengers, in turn, claim any health problems, medics will be called immediately.

Previously, Italian media claimed at least four fatalities due to the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, also known as Covid-2019. Over 150 cases of infection have been confirmed so far.

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The Ukrainian government has introduced an extra safety measure in terms of the prevention of coronavirus spread. From now on, passengers from countries with a high risk of virus spread to get body temperature checked upon arrival in Ukraine. Oleksiy Honcharuk, the Prime Minister posted that on Facebook.

"We found a group of countries with risks of contamination, so the extra procedure of flight control from these countries: passengers' body temperature is checked in Ukrainian airports", the Premier claimed.

According to him, all regions of Ukraine are ready to react if anyone shows symptoms of coronavirus. Besides, the hospitals are ready to take the patients in, if necessary.

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