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"Keep calm, and most importantly – fulfill the quarantine conditions, that is, stay at home. Let's walk this path together, as a team," he said in a video address posted on Facebook on March 19.

According to Liashko, there is a lot of misinformation in the media, where facts are being manipulated. In this regard, the ministry urges to verify information about the coronavirus and refer to reliable sources only.

"We now need to keep our heads cool and hearts warm. In no case it is vice versa. The authorities have put in place all preventive measures and developed the required algorithms. Healthcare workers know how to act. Trust them," he said.

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"Ukrainians, please, consider and share every message very responsibly and critically. The panic virus is much more severe than coronavirus," the official added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, 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, 16 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.