Not a single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN

Two citizens of Ukraine who have recently returned from Italy that is currently facing a coronavirus outbreak have tested negative for COVID-19.

Both Ukrainians had symptoms of acute respiratory infection, Ukraine's Health Ministry said.

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"Preliminary tests of samples obtained from both patients that were conducted at virology laboratories of regional laboratory centers with the use of a polymerase chain reaction method have produced a negative flu virus result. Samples for further research were sent to a reference laboratory," the ministry said.

One of them is now in Ivano-Frankivsk region, the other is in Kirovohrad region.

In Ukraine, not a single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded.

As of Sunday evening, the total number of deaths from the novel coronavirus, whose first outbreak was reported in China in late December 2019, was 2,990 cases with the total number of confirmed cases being 87,470. As many as 42,670 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard by the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University.

The number of confirmed cases in Italy was 1,128.