Denys Shmyhal / Photo from UNIAN

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in a video address has urged Ukrainians to refrain from traveling, even within the country's borders.

"Today, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine took a number of steps to implement the decision of the National Security and Defense Council. They are aimed at countering and preventing the spread of coronavirus in Ukraine," he said in the corresponding appeal posted on his Facebook page Saturday.  

"Today, Ukraine remains a country where the situation with coronavirus develops by a moderate scenario," he said. "Fortunately, there are no clusters and major outbreaks of the disease."

"We are doing everything so that they do not emerge," said Shmyhal.

The Covid-19 response headquarters has been set up to efforts against the coronavirus, process the latest data on coronavirus and provide analytical findings.

Shmyhal also emphasized that from 00:00 on Monday, March 16, Ukraine will close its borders for foreigners.

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"From March 16, we will shut border checkpoints and passenger traffic between Ukraine and other countries. Therefore, I urge citizens of Ukraine who are now abroad to return home as soon as possible," Smyhal added.

UNIAN memo. As of the morning of Sunday, March 15, three lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in Ukraine. One of the cases recorded turned out to be lethal.

On March 11, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce quarantine across Ukraine from March 12 to April 3.

All educational facilities shall suspend operations for three weeks, while all public events across the country have been canceled or rescheduled.

The terms of quarantine may change depending on the development of the epidemiological situation in Ukraine.