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Russia confirms two cases of coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova has announced that two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Russia.

At a news conference in Moscow, Golikova said it was about two Chinese nationals living in the Russian regions of Zabaykalsky Krai and Tyumen.

She added that following recent developments, the government has decided to take additional measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Russia has partially closed its border with Mongolia and canceled all flights to China, except for Aeroflot’s flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Golikova said Moscow has asked Beijing to maintain the number of regular flights for charter aircraft needed to evacuate Russian citizens from China.

According to preliminary data, a total of 341 Russians are currently in the Chinese Hubei province and 2,665 on the island of Hainan.

She added that within a short period of time, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin would be issued a decree stipulating a ban on issuing work visas to Chinese citizens, adding that Russia is preparing the first humanitarian aid convoy for China.

The new coronavirus, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei region, is said to have been transmitted to humans by animals, especially the bats.

China’s National Health Commission recently announced that the number of deaths in China from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 213.

China has also confirmed 9,692 cases of pneumonia caused by coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV.

Coronavirus has raised the alarm globally, with cases reported across Asia as well as in Europe, the US and Canada.

Travelers from China are being screened for the virus at airports around the world. Some airlines have suspended flights to Wuhan and other parts of China.

In an emergency meeting yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the new virus an international emergency.

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