Ukraine’s government has decided to temporarily close ten more border crossing points as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Interior announced.

The border crossing points suggested by the Ministry of the Interior to be closed temporarily, are Ustyluh, Khmilnytsia, Hrushiv, Uhryniv, Solotovyno, Kelmentsi, Bronytsia, Sokyriany, Palanka and Novi Troyany.

On April 15, the proposal was submitted to the Cabinet by the Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, VisaGuide.World reports.

According to Minister Avakov, the decision was taken due to the high prevalence of COVID-19 acute respiratory disease in neighbouring countries.

The minister stressed that these are automobile border crossing points, and some of them are both automobile and pedestrian crossing points.

Whereas, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal considered the move as another improvement of the country’s security.

“We know that the flow of passengers across the border has already decreased, so closing 10 more checkpoints is another step towards improving security measures during quarantine,” Prime Minister Shmyhal pointed out.

The state border of Ukraine previously could be crossed by private vehicles through 19 border crossing points.

So far,  a total of 125 checkpoints remain temporarily closed on the state border of Ukraine and 105 operating ones.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, since March 17,  the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine temporarily suspended all visa-issuing activity and postponed visa appointments for an indefinite period.

The Ministry also decided to close the foreign consulate establishments, as well as consulate departments in the international checkpoints.

Besides, the Department of Consulate Service of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Ukraine announced that would stop working, as the quarantine for Ukrainian citizens has been announced, in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The coronavirus has infected more than 4,662 persons in Ukraine and has claimed 125 lives.

A total of 2,197,949 persons worldwide contracted the virus while  147,598 have died, so far.

The US (678,210), Spain (184,948), Italy (168,941), France (165,027) and Germany (138,273) continue to be the most impacted places from the coronavirus pandemic.

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