BFF-39 Russia confirms first two coronavirus cases





Russia confirms first two coronavirus cases

MOSCOW, Jan 31, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Russia said Friday that two Chinese
citizens had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the country’s first
cases since the deadly outbreak emerged in China.

The two cases were registered in the Zabaikalsky and Tyumen regions of
Siberia, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said in televised remarks.

Golikova sought to downplay the risk of the infection spreading across the
country, saying the two patients had been put in isolation.

Golikova, who heads the Russian task force against the spread of the
virus, also said Russia would evacuate some citizens from China.

“We are beginning to evacuate Russian citizens from Wuhan and Hubei. Three
hundred people from Wuhan and 341 in Hubei,” she said, adding that those who
return will be quarantined.

Around 2,665 Russians were also on the Chinese resort island of Hainan and
were to be brought back to Russia by February 4, Golikova said.

Most flights will be suspended but Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot will
continue to offer services to four Chinese cities including Beijing and
Shanghai, Golikova said.

Four Chinese airlines will also continue to offer flights to Russia, she

Rail freight and postal service between the two countries will not be

On Thursday, Russia said it was closing the border with China to prevent
the spread of the new coronavirus and would stop issuing electronic visas to
Chinese nationals.

BSS/AFP/ARS/2001 hrs