Second Ukrainian MP Diagnosed With Coronavirus
24 March, 2020
Servant of the People MP Ruslan Gorbenko has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Ruslan Gorbenko / Facebook

Ruslan Gorbenko, an MP from the ruling Servant of the People party, was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 23, according to a Facebook post by deputy head of the party, Yevheniya Kravchuk.

“Right now, he’s at the Oleksandrivska hospital with an inflamed left lung. It should be noted that Ruslan has not left the country in the past month and did not take holiday at Courchevel (resort in the French Alps – ed.). That is, he could only have gotten infected in Ukraine. It’s possible that this happened even from colleagues from other factions who had been diagnosed earlier,” wrote Kravchuk.

Kravchuk may have been referring to Serhiy Shakhov, the first MP in Ukraine to have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

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She noted that the MP started developing symptoms on March 19, meaning that he “could, probably, not have infected his colleagues at the emergency parliamentary session on the 17th. But the parliamentary administration is currently establishing his close contacts.”

Several more MPs have come down with coronavirus-like symptoms – Serhiy Velmozhhnyi, from the same parliamentary faction as Shakhov, stated on Facebook that he has a high fever, but that his first test proved negative, with a second one to be done in the coming days. At the same timed, opposition MP Oleksandr Lukashev has denied reports that he was also infected by the disease.

Parliamentary Speaker Dmytro Razumkov has stated that the parliament will continue to function despite the quarantine.

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