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Russia halts all charter flights to and from China due to coronavirus

Sheremetyevo airport. Moscow, Russia (Zac Allan/WikiCommons)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

All charter flights from Russia to China have been stopped as of February 14 due to the spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Before the move on February 14, Russian authorities had allowed charter flights that were bringing Russian citizens back from China.

All regularly scheduled flights from across Russia to China were stopped on February 1, except for some flights operated by state carrier Aeroflot, Air China, Hainan Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, which are running routes through an isolated terminal in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Russia has brought home hundreds of its citizens from China since the coronavirus outbreak in emerged in December in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei.

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Chinese officials on February 14 said that the death toll from the coronavirus in the country was 1,380, with 63,851 confirmed cases.