March 31, 2020 / 5:47 PM / 2 months ago

Rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine reports first coronavirus case

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine has reported the first case of the coronavirus, the health minister of the self-proclaimed republic, Olga Dolgoshapko told reporters in Donetsk on Tuesday.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine, pitting Moscow-backed rebels against the Ukraine government, has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

Reporting by Alexander Ermochenko; writing by Maria Tsvetkova and Polina Devitt; editing by Chris Reese

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