Volodymyr Zelensky / REUTERS

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the Cabinet of Ministers to introduce additional measures of restrictions amid the coronavirus spread by shutting down subways and public transportation between cities.

"I urge the Infrastructure Ministry to ban intercity railway services and flights, as well as bus transportation and subways operation from 12 p.m. on March 18," he said in an address published on March 16.

The president added that public transport would continue to operate but with limitations, that is no more than 10 people at the same time in public mini-buses and taxis, while up to 20 people in buses, trolley-buses, and trams.

According to Zelensky, an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers is expected to be held on the evening of March 16.

As UNIAN reported earlier, as of March 16, five cases of coronavirus infection were laboratory-confirmed in Ukraine, namely in Chernivtsi (four) and Zhytomyr (one/lethal) regions.

UNIAN memo. The Chinese authorities reported an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan late in December 2019.

The causative agent of the disease was a new type of coronavirus, COVID-19. The virus is transmitted from person to person, with the incubation period lasting at least two weeks.

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the spread of the novel coronavirus from China.