The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine says 12 Ukrainians are being treated for the novel coronavirus abroad, while 744 people remain in quarantine.

Five citizens of Ukraine are undergoing treatment in Germany, two in Poland, two in Italy, and one each in Moldova, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic, according to the MFA's operational information concerning the coronavirus as of 23:00 on March 17.

Moreover, 744 Ukrainians remain in quarantine: 712 in two hotels in Egypt, 16 in Brazil, seven in Germany, three in the Dominican Republic, three in the UAE, and three in Moldova.

Five Ukrainians have recovered (four in Japan and one in Italy).

One Ukrainian national died in Italy.

A total of 11,758 Ukrainians returned home.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, as of the morning of Wednesday, March 18, a total of 198,006 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were recorded worldwide.

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus was recorded late December 2019 in the most populous city of Central China, Wuhan. The World Health Organization recognized it as a global emergency, describing it as a multi-cell epidemic.

To date, 14 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ukraine, two of which are lethal.

The country has declared a nationwide quarantine, which will last until April 3.