A sleepy town of 8,000 people in central Ukraine turned into a hot spot on February 20 as protesters clashed with the police and blocked roads to prevent evacuees from China from arriving at a local medical center for a two-week quarantine.
Nine police officers and one civilian were injured as a result of the clashes, and two criminal cases opened for violent attacks.
Residents of Novi Sanzhary in Ukraine’s Poltava region took to the streets out of fear that their town could be exposed to COVID-19, a coronavirus that has affected more than 75,000 and killed more than 2,000 people globally.
No cases have been registered in Ukraine, however.
“People are unhappy that our town is receiving these people,” local resident Serhiy Oliynyk told Zik television station. “Coronavirus is one of the most dangerous diseases that exist.”