Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra has been shut down for quarantine amid a sharp spark of coronavirus incidence at the site that headquarters the Russian-backed church in Ukraine.

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Speaking at an online press briefing, he said 79 Kyiv residents had contracted the coronavirus over the past day, of which 63 cases were registered in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, which brings the total number of Lavra cases to 90.

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"In total, there are already over 90 confirmed coronavirus cases there. Today the city will deploy in the Lavra mobile X-rays and a team of medics to collect samples for PCR testing. We need to have a real picture of the hotbed of the disease. I also emphasize the fact that the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra has been closed for quarantine by the decision of the capital's emergency commission," the mayor said.

Klitschko appealed to law enforcement agencies to monitor compliance with the said decision.