Coronavirus: Russia to halt all international flights

Russian medical experts walk to start their shift to check passengers arriving from foreign countries at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. (File photo: AP)

Russian government officials announced that all international flights will be halted starting from Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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An exception will be made for flights bringing Russians home from abroad, according to a statement published Thursday on the cabinet’s website.

Earlier this month, Russian authorities limited its air traffic to regular flights to world capitals and charter flights.

The new measure comes as the number of coronavirus cases in Russia rapidly grows. On Wednesday, the government reported a total of 658 cases, with 163 new cases registered since the previous day.

That is a significantly bigger daily increase than in previous weeks, when the number of cases was growing by several dozens a day.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57