President of Ukraine

President convened the NSDC meeting to combat the spread of coronavirus

13 March 2020 - 11:42

President convened the NSDC meeting to combat the spread of coronavirus

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy convened a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council to discuss a plan of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“We will discuss the issue of border closure and termination of air travel with a number of countries. The provision of necessary facilities for hospitals and pharmacies will be discussed - it is about masks and express test kits,” the Head of State said at an offsite extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is indignant at the price of some tests for coronavirus in pharmacies exceeding 10 thousand hryvnias.

"Therefore, we will have a separate conversation with both manufacturers and suppliers on artificially high prices," the President said.

Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov reported that a cargo of 1.5 tonnes of medical masks was seized at Boryspil International Airport today, which was planned to be exported to the United Arab Emirates and Italy in spite of the government's decision to ban the export of these protective means.

"Now the masks have been confiscated, and a criminal proceeding has been initiated," Arsen Avakov said.

The President stressed the inadmissibility of such cases.

"If people do not understand, we need to make tough, serious conclusions at the level of all law enforcement agencies," the Head of State said.