Russia has ordered the closure of its huge land border with China as Moscow scrambles to prevent the deadly coronavirus infection from spreading into its country.
Moscow had already blocked Chinese tour groups from entering the country.
In Russia, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the decision to “close the border in the Far East and other measures taken by the government” would be included in a new directive.
“We must do everything to protect our people,” he said. Russia’s foreign ministry also said it had suspended the issuance of electronic visas for Chinese citizens.
Russia does not have any confirmed cases of the new virus yet but the Kremlin has set up a task force to prevent its possible spread.
Many governments have already urged their citizens not to visit China, while some have banned entry for travelers from Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have emerged from an animal market.
The US evacuated approximately 200 Americans from Wuhan who are being tested and monitored at a Southern California military base. Additional evacuation flights were being planned in the next few days, the US Embassy in Beijing said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the fast-spreading coronavirus from China as a global health emergency — a rare designation that helps the international agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak.
The announcement comes just hours after the U.S. confirmed its first human-to-human transmission of the virus.
The new zoonotic virus from Wuhan, China has already spread to 23 countries with 9,821 confirmed cases and 213 deaths at this moment while continuing to rise rapidly.
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