KYIV – On March 3, Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Liashko reported that the first case of the new coronavirus had been confirmed in Ukraine. The patient was hospitalized on February 29 after returning from Italy, where he reportedly was infected. Testing by the Public Health Center showed a positive result. All exposed persons are under surveillance by epidemiologists, and samples were sent to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ukraine became the 73rd country where COVID-19 was confirmed. Ministry of Health authorities reassured the public that the situation is under control.