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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has called on church leaders of all faiths to conduct services without the actual attendance of parishioners, so as not to create crowds and thereby not contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

"I thank those church leaders who understand the threat and conduct worship services without attendees, online. I am sure that other heads [of churches] will follow suit in such forced practice. Indeed, today people really need faith, but they need basic safety just as much," Zelensky said in a video address on Monday.

The president once again urged citizens to stay home and not to go outside without an urgent need.

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"This applies not only to the elderly, but to all citizens. Don't expose yourself and others to risk," he said.

Zelensky noted that even the richest countries openly acknowledge that their health care systems aren't prepared to withstand heavy inflows of infected patients.

"Therefore, task No. 1 is to minimize the spread of the virus," the president concluded.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 11, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce quarantine across Ukraine from March 12 to April 3 due to the spread of the coronavirus.