Residents protesting arrival of Wuhan evacuees in Novi Sanzhary, Ukraine, the evening of Feb. 20. Traffic disruptions, minor clashes likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 20 Feb 2020 19:57 GMT and is scheduled to expire 21 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Demonstrations
  • Location(s): Novi Sanzhary (map)
  • Date: Evening of Feb. 20
  • Impact: Localized transport disruptions, isolated clashes

Summary
Residents of Novi Sanzhary in Ukraine's Poltava Oblast are protesting the arrival of evacuees from Wuhan, China, the evening of Feb. 20. Although none of the evacuees are reported to be showing symptoms of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), authorities plan to quarantine them at a medical center in the city for 14 days. Protesters are reportedly blocking roads, with some demonstrators clashing with security forces. Additional police have deployed to the area and are attempting to disperse the crowd. Further demonstrations are possible for the duration of the evacuees' stay in Novi Sanzhary.

Advice
Avoid the area as a standard security precaution. Allow extra time for travel in affected areas of Novi Sanzhary until protesters disperse. Heed all instructions from security personnel.

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