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Coronavirus: Ukraine protesters attack buses carrying China evacuees – BBC News, BBC News

        

                                 Protester throws a stone at a bus of evacuees from China in Novi Sanzhary, in Ukraine's central Poltava region Image copyright                   Reuters                                                        
Image caption                                      Protesters in Novi Sanzhary hurled stones at the buses carrying evacuees                              

Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town have attacked buses carrying evacuees from coronavirus-hit China. .

The evacuees were being brought to the hospital in Novi Sanzhary, in the central Poltava region, where they will be held in quarantine for 27 days.

President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the protesters to show empathy.

Ukraine’s security service (SSU) said a fake email claiming to be from the Ministry of Health falsely said some evacuees had contracted the virus.

SSU officials are now investigating the apparent hoax, a statement said.

Earlier on Thursday, 45 Ukrainians and foreign nationals were flown from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the deadly outbreak, to Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

Six buses then drove them to the hospital in Novi Sanzhary, where they were met by demonstrators lighting bonfires and hurling stones.

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Image caption                                      Police officers cleared the road for the buses to take the evacuees to the hospital to be quarantined                              
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Image caption                                      Dozens of local residents protested against the arrival of the evacuees on Thursday                              

The country’s health ministry said none of the passengers were sick.

Ukraine’s diplomatic mission added that three Ukrainians and a resident of Kazakhstan had been left behind in China, because they had reported having a fever.

Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Health Minister Zoriana Skaletska and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov all traveled to the city to try and calm tensions.

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Image caption                                      Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Health Minister Zoriana Skaletska travelled to the town to try and calm tensions                              

In footage published by local media, Mr Avakov was seen telling the protesters: “We are not talking about infected people, we are talking about healthy people. “

One person then replied:” So far. ”

                                                                                                                       

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In a statement, President Zelensky urged Ukrainians to show compassion and refrain from protesting.

“Most of the passengers are people under 45. They are almost like children to many of us, “he said.

“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. Each of us – including those who ended up in Wuhan during the epidemic.”

more than , cases of the disease named Covid – have been reported, and 2, 549 related deaths.

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

            

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