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24 March 2020, 18:30

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LPR borderguards quarantine residents who returned from India

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LUGANSK, March 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic borderguards identified LPR residents who had arrived from India and their contacts and quarantined them to prevent the possible spreading of the coronavirus infection, the LPR State Security Ministry (MGB) press service reported.

“The MGB Border Service acted by the book to prevent the possible penetration of the coronavirus infection in the LPR territory,” the report said.

“In March 2020, LPR border guards at the Dolzhansky international car crossing point identified a group of persons returning from India, a COVID-19 risk country,” the MGB said. A welcoming party of two who had driven to the crossing point in their car and had contact with the arrivals was identified as well.”

Pursuing to the LPR Head’s Order No UG 160/20 dated March 13, 2020 on high alert in the Republic, all the 19 residents were sent to Sverdlovsk and Lugansk hospitals for medical supervision during a 14-day quarantine.

LPR citizens have to comply with all Border Service instructions. They have to timely inform the borderguards about staying in COVID-19 affected countries. In case thy conceal such facts, they are liable penalties under the LPR Code of Administrative Offences.

The MGB also said that the legal entities who fail to take the mandatory sanitary and epidemiological measures would be penalised under the Code of Administrative Offenses. A gross violation of the sanitary and epidemiological regulations might qualify as criminal offense and punished by community work or one to five years in prison (under LPR Criminal Code Article 291).

Earlier, LPR chief sanitary officer Dmitry Dokashenko said that the LPR medics had quarantined 14 residents suspected of contacting COVID-19.

The World Health Organisation called the COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. The first coronavirus infection cases were recorded in China in late 2019.  As of now, the number of coronavirus contacts is approaching 335,000; of those more than 14,00 died. Coronavirus cases were reported in Ukraine and Russia. No coronavirus cases have been recorded in the LPR.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 March — Lugansk