Coronavirus chaos: Brutal riots erupt as furious Ukrainians attack evacuees from Wuhan

The Ukrainian protesters threw stones at the buses carrying the evacuees. There were six buses that drove to the hospital in Novi Sanzhary. One of the windows on a bus was broken by a stone that was thrown but there has been no report of any injuries sustained by the evacuees following the attack. 


The protesters were unhappy that the evacuees were being moved to their local area.

They clashed with police and burned tyres as well as throwing stones at the buses.

The hospital was located in central Poltava region.

The arrivals will be kept in quarantine for the next two weeks. 

Ukraine’s Health Minister Zoryana Skaletska has declared that she will stay in quarantine with the evacuees in a mark of solidarity. 

She intends to run the health ministry by Skype while in quarantine.

Ms Skaletska said: “”I hope that my presence there will calm those in Novi Sanzhary, as well as the rest of the country.”

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said regarding the protest: “There is another danger that I would like to mention. The danger of forgetting that we are all human and we are all Ukrainian.”

45 Ukrainians and 27 foreign nationals were on the plane that arrived in Ukraine from Wuhan. 

The coronavirus infections have surpassed the deadly 2003 outbreak of SARS.

The deadly epidemic is being treated as a global emergency as the number of cases outside of China’s borders grows.

So far 2100 people have been killed by the virus. 

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The 2019-nCoV-tracker shows the number of infections and deaths and also charts out pasts infections for comparisons, such as the 2003 SARS epidemic, 2009 Swine Flu outbreak and Ebola in 2014.

The tracker was presented by research fellow Edward Parker in an article for The Conversation.

He said: “In the final weeks of 2019, a virus slipped furtively from animal to human somewhere in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

“This inauspicious moment marked the sounding of a starting pistol, unheard at first but now echoing deafeningly across the globe. The race to stop a pandemic had begun.”

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