Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko has said President Volodymyr Zelensky has tested for the novel coronavirus.

Speaking in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper, Tymoshenko explained that all those in contact with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Shakhov, who was a confirmed COVID-19 case, had passed the coronavirus test, and the president and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal were among them.

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"All – the president, the head of the President's Office, as well as deputies – have tested. I will explain: it was necessary to do this since these were persons who were in contact with one of the first cases in the city of Kyiv, MP Shakhov," he said.

Tymoshenko added the tests had been made immediately to determine quarantine security measures in the President's Office.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 17, Ukrainian MP Serhiy Shakhov confirmed his COVID-19 coronavirus tests had returned positive.