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Russia expands restrictions over coronavirus outbreak

Russia limits visa delivery for Iranians, suspends flights to South Korea

Elena Teslova   | 26.02.2020
Russia expands restrictions over coronavirus outbreak

MOSCOW 

Russia limits visa delivery for Iranian nationals, because of the coronavirus outbreak, country's Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova announced on Wednesday.

Starting from Feb. 28, only humanitarian and business types of visas are allowed for the Iranian citizens, Golikova said at a news conference in Moscow.

"From Feb. 28, we introduce a ban on issuing transit visas from Iran, as well as a ban on issuing visas other than business and humanitarian ones," she said.

On Wednesday, the death toll from the coronavirus in Iran rose to 19, the Iranian Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russia reduces air traffic with South Korea, only two Russian airlines -- Aeroflot and Aurora -- will carry out flights to the country, she added.

In addition, the country's government expanded the existing restrictions, including closure of the borders with China and Mongolia till April 1, she said.

Golikova went on saying that Russia had got the coronavirus strain, the specialists have created and have been testing five vaccine prototypes.

"We have the strain, we got it. Our state scientific center, and at the same time, a world-class genetic center which received this status last year, are now working very seriously on developing a vaccine," she said.

The coronavirus has sounded global alarm, with China reporting on Wednesday over 2,700 deaths and more than 78,000 confirmed cases.

Outside mainland China, the coronavirus has spread to more than 30 other countries including the U.S., Italy, France, Germany, U.K., Singapore, Russia, and India.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

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