World Coronavirus: demonstration in Ukraine against the return of evacuees from China
Nearly 200 evacuees to leave coronavirus quarantine in US
Nearly 200 evacuees prepared Tuesday to end their two-week quarantine at a Southern California military base where they have been living since flying out of China during a deadly viral outbreak. None of those who flew into March Air Reserve Base have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, health authorities said, although one evacuee at another base had been found to have the highly infectious virus and was in hospital isolation.The group, which includes children, arrived from China Jan. 29, taking chartered flights from Wuhan.
A group of 70 people who had arrived from Wuhan, home of the coronavirus epidemic, was placed in quarantine in a military hospital of a small Ukrainian locality. But it took the intervention of riot police before the doors of the establishment were cleared: for fear of the spread of the epidemic, residents blocked the access roads.
The showdown lasted a good part of the day. For hours, residents of the small town of Novi Sanjary (between Kiev and Kharkiv in the east) remained silent to the arguments of the president or his interior minister dispatched to the scene.
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All 195 U.S. citizens, mostly diplomats and their families, were quarantined at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County since Jan. 29.Speaking Tuesday during a news conference at the air base, officials said none of the travelers, who have been isolated since Jan. 29, will need medical follow-ups and all will now be able to continue on with their daily lives.
In the morning, a few dozen people set up barricades on the road that the procession was to take with the returnees from the Wuhan region. The number of demonstrators grew over the hours, fires were started and scuffles broke out. Several armored vehicles even had to be deployed.
In front of the angry crowd, the Minister of the Interior tried to reassure: "these are absolutely healthy people (...) who have passed medical checks," assured Arsen Avakov. Earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky on Facebook promised that the evacuees would be "completely isolated".
The head of state took the opportunity to lecture the demonstrators: "the attempts to block roads and hospitals, not to let Ukrainians return to Ukraine, do not show our good side," he said. he writes.
Nothing to reassure or calm worried residents: repelled by riot police, according to the Segodnya website, demonstrators threw stones at the 7 buses, which ended up entering the site shortly before 9 p.m. local time from the military hospital.
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China reports fewer coronavirus cases outside epicenter, cases surge in South KoreaIn this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 17.