Viktor Liashko / Photo from UNIAN

"We must realize that, sooner or later, a coronavirus infection may spread across our country," Liashko said, according to Obozrevatel.

"Today we have one case. Perhaps there will be a spread of the disease across the territory. We see examples of Italy and Germany," he said.

Liashko added that, as of the evening of March 3, there were no symptoms of Covid-2019 development in persons who had contacted with a Chernivtsi resident infected with coronavirus.

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However, when asked how many more coronavirus carriers may remain undetected in Ukraine, the official replied: "It's hard to say."

Health professionals, physicians, and researchers are now developing an epidemiological forecast for Ukraine, Liashko said.

"Since coronavirus is a new and poorly studied infection, we brought in the Academy of Medical Sciences to help us develop an optimistic and negative scenario," said the official.