Coronavirus: Ukraine to Evacuate Its Citizens From Italy

  • The evacuation will be the responsibility of the Ministries of Infrastructure, Health, Foreign and Home Affairs.
  • "Ukraine will bring home this weekend Ukrainians who are stuck on the border of Italy and Slovenia," Zelensky said.
  • A Ukrainian woman died from coronavirus in Italy on Friday.

The Ukrainian government has instructed several ministries to ensure the immediate evacuation of Ukrainian citizens from Italy, which is affected by a coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a press release issued by the government, distributed on Saturday, March 14.

Volodymyr Zelensky (born 25 January 1978) is a Ukrainian actor, screenwriter, comedian, director and politician serving as the 6th President of Ukraine, inaugurated 20 May 2019.

The evacuation will be the responsibility of the Ministries of Infrastructure, Health, Foreign and Home Affairs, the press release said. At the same time, the State Customs Service will have to arrange the luggage of the crew members and passengers of the aircraft as soon as possible. The State Border Service of Ukraine (STSU) will ensure the priority passage of control during the border crossing.

Zelensky Required for Evacuation

On Friday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, spoke about the evacuation plan for Ukrainian citizens from Italy and Slovenia. “Ukraine will bring home this weekend Ukrainians who are stuck on the border of Italy and Slovenia,” Zelensky said.

Zelensky’s Deputy Chief of Staff Kirill Tymoshenko noted that this was 101 persons who were not allowed into the territory of Slovenia. According to him, these people will be sent to Ukraine on Saturday or Sunday by a special board.

Ukrainian Woman Dies of Coronavirus in Italy

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The day before, it was announced that a citizen of Ukraine died of coronavirus while in Italy. This information was confirmed by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, noting that a tragic incident occurred in the Italian province of Brescia. Office spokeswoman Kateryna Zelenko reported that the Ukrainian woman was admitted to hospital on suspicion of exacerbation of cardiovascular disease, but the test showed coronavirus infection and she was in serious condition.

In Italy, deaths from coronavirus infection with COVID-19 disease increased by 175 in the last 24 hours. This is less than the previous day, when the death toll was 250 people. At the same time, the number of recorded new infections increased: 3497 on the last day, compared to 2,547 the day before. This was announced on Saturday evening by the Italian Civil Protection Service.

Thus, the total number of deaths from the new coronavirus increased in the country to 1,441. At least 21,157 cases of new coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy. The number of infected patients requiring intensive care has increased by 14% to 1,518, according to news sources. The Civil Protection Service also noted that 1,966 patients had already recovered from the disease, the day before this figure was 1,439.

Italy’s health care system is on the verge of collapse due to a large number of infected people who need immediate medical attention. Italy ranks second in the world in terms of coronavirus infection after China. Tough measures are being taken in the country to fight infection. Residents are urged not to leave their homes. Schools, universities, theaters, cinemas, and museums are closed. Mass events are prohibited. In recent days, the Italian government closed all shops except grocery stores and pharmacies.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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