It follows instructions from Vladimir Putin on Wednesday for officials to do all they can to prevent the spread of dangerous new Chinese coronavirus.
In addition, Mishushtin instructed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to inform the public daily about the status of coronavirus in Russia. So far, the country has no confirmed cases.
“An order has been signed today, it has become operational,” Mishustin told ministers in Moscow.
We will inform everyone today of the relevant measures to close the border in the Far East region and other measures the government has taken [to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia].
In another move, Moscow has temporarily suspended the issuing of electronic visas to Chinese citizens, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon. It will apply to border checkpoints in the Far East and Kaliningrad, as well as all entry points in the Leningrad region, and St Petersburg.
The Russian announcements come as Chinese authorities revealed, on Thursday morning, that the number of recorded infections of the virus now exceed 7,700 thousand, with at least 170 people dead. 38 of the deaths came in the preceding 24 hours.
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