As threats of coronavirus continue to arouse global panic, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday that the country may begin deporting foreigners who are positive with the new coronavirus.
Russia reported its first two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus who were Chinese nationals hospitalized in two different places in Siberia.
Mishustin said that this is among the measures of their government in its approved plan of action towards preventing the spread of the virus in Russia.
However, it is unclear whether the government would deport the two Chinese nationals as they currently remain in the hospitals.
Russia also stopped most of its air and train transportations amid the rising threats of the new coronavirus. It also shut down its land border with China and Mongolia.
Following these, Russia also temporarily halted the provision of work visas to Chinese citizens. On Monday, authorities announced Russia was suspending the last operating train that connects Moscow and Beijing and all trains between Russia and North Korea.
The Czech Republic announced plans on suspending all flights from China but this is yet to be implemented. More countries implement travel bans amid the spread of the virus in other countries.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte implemented temporary travel ban on all travels from mainland China, Hongkong and Macau. This is also to address the rising threats of the virus.