Angry mob attacks coronavirus evacuees and starts a riot in Ukraine


To show solidarity with the evacuees, Ukraine's Health Minister Zoryana Skaletska said she would be joining them in quarantine and would run her ministry by Skype.

Several hundred police were mobilized to the scene, and about two dozen protesters were arrested.

People around the world are on edge when it comes to the coronavirus, there are even towns in Italy that have shut down public spaces, schools, and businesses.

"Those people who today threw stones at the evacuees ... and law enforcement officers, injured nine police officers, one of them has serious injuries, we will make a decision on their punishment", Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs said that "aggressive citizens" began to pelt the buses with stones, and that one man tried to hit police with a auto. He tried to reassure people the quarantined evacuees wouldn't pose any danger to residents of the village of Novi Sarzhany. The residents blocked a road to a medical facility where the evacuees were to be housed.

Angry mob attacks coronavirus evacuees and starts a riot in Ukraine
Angry mob attacks coronavirus evacuees and starts a riot in Ukraine

He had also called for people not to stage protests.

But municipal representatives in the village vowed to continue opposing the evacuation, saying the sanitarium's sewage system is linked to the one in the village.

A plane carrying 48 Ukrainians and 29 foreign nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan - the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak - is due to land in Ukraine on Thursday.

Ukrainian officials say that panic was triggered by a hoax email claiming that some of the evacuees had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

In addition to 45 Ukrainians, there were 27 citizens of Argentina on the plane that landed in Ukraine on Thursday, as well as citizens from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica and other countries.

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Instead it flew to Kyiv to refuel, and eventually arrived in Kharkiv. Despite the coronavirus epicenter being Whuan and ravaging the Hubei Province in China, there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in at least 32 countries.

Two people died after contracting the illness on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship off the coast of Japan. Ukrainian authorities reportedly screened all passengers twice, which was apparently not enough to appease the rioters. The four others have tested negative. They are being taken to a two-week quarantine as a precaution.

Sure, a woman shouting "we will torch [the hospital] with the sick people inside" is not a pleasant sight to see.

Russian Federation so far has reported only two cases of the disease on its soil.

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