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Russia restricts air traffic with the EU

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Starting March 16, Russia has been restricting regular flights with the EU, as well as Norway and Switzerland, except for flights between capitals operated through Sheremetyevo terminal F.

They will be used to return Russians to their homeland.

As clarifies RIA Novosti, with reference to the Russian anti-coronavirus operational headquarters, for the same purpose, the charters will be preserved.

Meanwhile, Observatory reports that the airline “Russia” on Monday will begin the export of tourists from the Czech Republic.

Earlier, air traffic was limited with China, South Korea, Iran, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

The situation was commented on by the Russian Union of Travel Industry.

A spokeswoman for the organization, Irina Tyurina, said the industry was “at a complete standstill,” and predicted a “mass death.” According to her, tour operators can leave the Russian market.

On Friday, March 13, WHO declared Europe the epicenter of the pandemic.

Italy is the European anti-leader in coronavirus: 14,955 sick and 1,266 dead, 250 of whom died on the last day.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency shared its positive observations: after measures taken by the Italian authorities in the country, the level of nitrogen dioxide emissions decreased.

Also on Friday, it became known that 38 Russians were stuck on a Costa Magica cruise ship in the Caribbean.

They do not have a coronavirus, but it was diagnosed with others on board the ship, which is now denied boarding at the port of Martinique. On board – 2,309 passengers and 960 crew members.

The number of victims of the new infection exceeded five thousand, in all, it was picked up by approximately 134 thousand people in more than 110 countries (45 of them in Russia).

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