MOSCOW - Russia reported its first two cases of coronavirus on Friday and said the infected people were Chinese citizens who had been quarantined.
The two cases were discovered in different parts of the country, one in Tyumen region in western Siberia, the other in Russia’s the Far East, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said.
“They are under strict supervision, isolated and are receiving the necessary treatment. Both are Chinese citizens,” she told a news conference.
The two people are in a stable condition, Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, told the same briefing.
Russia has already closed its 4,300 km-long (2,670 miles) land border with China to pedestrians and vehicles in an effort to protect its population.
Golikova said on Friday Russia had no plans to limit freight traffic with China but would restrict Chinese citizens travelling to Russia from Mongolia, in addition to restrictions already announced.
Golikova expressed confidence that the measures taken so far would prevent the virus from spreading further in Russia, adding that everyone who had come into contact with the two patients had been examined and hospitalised where necessary.
Many countries, including the United States, have imposed travel curbs and businesses say they are facing supply problems because of the outbreak.