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The measure should be taken before the epidemic situation in the country worsens, Yemets said during a discussion of the bill on battling coronavirus, currently being drafted by the Ministry of Health.

"The experience of foreign countries says that shutting down public catering establishments is an effective measure in the fight against coronavirus. I believe that we need to be proactive, and act clearly and decisively. That is why it would be advisable to consider the possibility of restricting operations of public catering establishments due to the coronavirus," said Ilya Emets.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, in Ukraine today there have been three lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, while one of those patients died.

On March 11, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce quarantine across Ukraine from March 12 to April 3. Educational facilities will be closed for three weeks, and all public events in the country have been canceled.

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