Coronavirus: Russia bars entry of Chinese citizens amid virus threat

A passenger wears a protective mask at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow. PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia will suspend entry of Chinese citizens to its territory starting from Feb 20, Russian authorities in charge of coronavirus prevention said on Tuesday (Feb 18).

Travel restrictions of some form to prevent the spread of the disease, which has now killed more than 1,800 people, have been imposed by many countries to ease the risks of its spread.

The suspension will be for Chinese citizens entering Russia for employment, private, educational and tourist purposes.

The suspension will be temporary, the statement said.

"The restrictions will not affect transit passengers,"Russian authorities added.

China reported its fewest new coronavirus infections since January on Tuesday and its lowest daily death toll for a week, but the World Health Organisation said data suggesting the epidemic had slowed should still be viewed with caution.

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