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Russia suspends railway connection with China

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian Railways has been suspending passenger communications with China since February 3 due to an outbreak of coronavirus infection, the company said on Sunday.

“In accordance with the letter of the chief state sanitary inspector for railway transport of the Russian Federation <…>, in order to prevent the entry of a new coronavirus infection into the territory of the Russian Federation, from 00:00 Moscow time on February 3, 2020 <…> passenger railway communication with China will not be temporarily implemented,” the report said.

From February 3, trains No. 3/4 Beijing – Moscow of the formation of the Chinese Railways, train No. 320 / 20-19 / 319 Chita – Zabaikalsk – Beijing, direct trains Moscow – Beijing, running on trains No. 2/1, will be canceled No. 320/319 and No. 20/19. “Direct Moscow-Beijing wagons departing from Moscow on February 1 will proceed in the Moscow-Zabaykalsk service,” the Russian Railways added.

Earlier, the movement of international passenger trains No. 402/401 Suifenhe-Grodekovo of the formation of the Chinese Railways, as well as a direct train group of wagons of the formation of the Federal Passenger Company via the Chita-Manchuria service, were suspended. At the same time, international railway communication with China remained on the route Moscow – Beijing.

“Unused travel documents to canceled trains and direct train cars issued at Russian points of sale, passengers can return without withholding fees and charges,” the Russian Railways said in a statement.

The Chinese authorities at the end of December 2019 recorded an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the 2019-nCoV virus in the large city of Wuhan. In addition to China, the disease was detected in another 23 countries, including Russia. The World Health Organization has recognized the outbreak as an international emergency. The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the PRC exceeded 14 thousand people, more than 300 died. Another death recorded outside of China – in the Philippines.

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