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Russia tightens border control with China due to pneumonia outbreak

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Rospotrebnadzor strengthened sanitary-quarantine control at border crossing points with China in connection with the detection of cases of pneumonia of viral etiology, the press service of the department said.

In late December, authorities reported an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan in Hubei Province. As of January 5, 59 cases of viral pneumonia were detected in the city, seven people are in serious condition. Under the supervision of doctors there are another 163 people who had close contact with patients.

According to China Central Television, a new type of coronavirus has become the cause of an outbreak of viral pneumonia of unknown origin.

“In connection with the upcoming celebration of the Chinese New Year on January 25, 2020 and the days off accompanying it, January 24-30, an increase in the number of domestic and international trips to China is expected. In order to prevent the spread of cases of diseases in the Russian Federation, Rospotrebnadzor has strengthened sanitary and quarantine control at checkpoints across the state border in border areas,” the statement said.

Since the beginning of the detection of pneumonia, Rospotrebnadzor has established close cooperation with the Russian Embassy in China, the press service said.

“Rospotrebnadzor requests to take this information into account when planning trips. The situation remains under the control of Rospotrebnadzor,” the department added.

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