March 18, 2020 / 11:16 AM / 18 days ago

Ukraine imposes state of emergency in capital Kiev region over coronavirus

A passenger waits for the last train before metro shutdown amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, at Zoloti Vorota station in central Kiev, Ukraine March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s government on Wednesday imposed a state of emergency in the capital Kiev region to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said at a televised cabinet meeting.

Ukraine has fourteen confirmed coronavirus cases, including two deaths, as of March 18. It was not immediately clear what extra measures might be imposed as a result of the emergency being declared. Ukraine has already imposed nationwide restrictions on shops, restaurants and transport.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; editing by Matthias Williams

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