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Moscow bans all regular, charter flights starting March 27, except those repatriating Russians Moscow bans all regular, charter flights starting March 27, except those repatriating Russians
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The Russian government is banning all regular and charter international flights starting Friday, except those bringing citizens home, as part of tough measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.The Russian government is banning all regular and charter international flights starting Friday, except those bringing citizens home, as part of tough measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Russia’s aerial borders will go on lockdown starting Friday, so far without a resumption date.Russia’s aerial borders will go on lockdown starting Friday, so far without a resumption date.
652 Covid-19 cases have been registered in Russia so far, with more than a half of the infected in Moscow.652 Covid-19 cases have been registered in Russia so far, with more than a half of the infected in Moscow.
The cabinet also requested the Foreign Ministry to assist Russian citizens abroad until their return home. Russian embassies around the world will receive addition funds to be able to provide such support.The cabinet also requested the Foreign Ministry to assist Russian citizens abroad until their return home. Russian embassies around the world will receive addition funds to be able to provide such support.
The ban on flights has become yet another measure, implemented by Russia, to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The highly-contagious disease has already killed over 21,000 people around the globe, with more than 470,000 infected. Italy, Spain, Iran and the US are among the most heavily affected countries, while China, where the virus originated is seeing positive results of its fight with the disease.
On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians will go on a week-long paid holiday. The President said that there was no feasible way to keep Covid-19 out, but vowed that everything will be done to minimize the damage done by it. Russia earlier banned public gatherings of more than 50 people, closed cinemas, fitness clubs and many other establishments. In Moscow, the elderly people, for whom the infection is the most dangerous, were urged to stay home.
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