Kiev's efforts to treat 45 nationals and 27 foreigners, mostly from Latin America, in the central Poltava region sparked unrest Thursday as residents blocked roads and hurled stones at buses carrying the evacuees.
"So far", one of the protesters replied.
The buses that transported the evacuees had been finally able to get to the designated quarantine web-site after hrs of combating. "It was a single of the major disappointments of my life".
The protest prompted President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to issue a statement reassuring Ukrainians that there was no danger, that the authorities had done everything possible to make sure the virus would not spread to Ukraine. She urged residents to show sympathy and support for the evacuees and emphasized that the quarantine facility is in full conformity with worldwide standards.
Earlier this month, a man and woman in Hungary were arrested for operating a network of "fake news" websites and Facebook pages that claimed coronavirus killed several people in Hungary, when there was no fatalities or confirmed cases.
Ukraine's health ministry has said none of the passengers are sick, but they will be quarantined for 14 days at several facilities across the country.
She intends to run the health ministry by Skype while in quarantine.
In western Ukraine there were smaller protests by residents fearing the evacuees could be housed there instead.
"What was happening today, and the panic and rejection, negativity and aggression struck me very much".
People around the world are on edge when it comes to the coronavirus, there are even towns in Italy that have shut down public spaces, schools, and businesses.
But municipal representatives in the village vowed to continue opposing the evacuation, saying the sanitarium's sewage system is linked to the one in the village.
Anastasiya Zinchenko, a 22-year-old model, was due to fly out Thursday with a group of 72 Ukrainians and other nationals from the city of Wuhan, the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Also Thursday, the Russian Embassy in Japan said that two more Russians aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus.
Svitlana Ulynets said her home was only 50 metres (yards) from the facility.
In Ukraine, buses carrying people who had been evacuated from the Chinese province of Hubei - the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak - were bombarded with stones.
More than 76,000 cases of the disease named Covid-19 have been reported, and 2,247 related deaths.