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First Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Russia

First Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Russia
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The novel coronavirus has now been confirmed in the Russian Federation. Moscow has closed airspace for flights to China and the land border is also closed.

Two persons infected with coronavirus have been identified in Russia, both are Chinese citizens, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“The Rospobrebnadzor [Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being] services have identified two persons infected with coronavirus in Russia —  in the Trans-Baikal Region and the Tyumen Region. They are under strict surveillance. They have been isolated, and necessary assistance has been provided to them. Both are Chinese citizens,” she said.

The two people are in a stable condition, Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, told the same briefing, reported The Moscow Times.

Golikova said all Russian airlines, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot, will stop flying to China from midnight on Friday. Four Chinese airlines will continue flying to Moscow, she added.

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