Russia closes border with Iran over coronavirus fears

Russia closes border with Iran over coronavirus fears

The Russian government announced a decision to close its border for foreign citizens and people without citizenship, arriving to Russia from Iran, Anadolu agency reports.

The decision published on the government's website, was made to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

"To ensure the security of the state, protect public health and prevent spreading of new coronavirus infection [2019-nCoV] on the territory of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of Russia from 00:00 local time on March 7, 2020 temporarily bans for foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, coming from the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran, from entering the territory of the Russian Federation for training and employment, as well as for private, tourist and transit purposes," it said.

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