Two infected: Coronavirus comes to Russia

On Friday, the Russian authorities have reported the identification of first 2019-nCoV cases in the country.

“The Rospobrebnadzor [Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being] services have identified two persons infected with coronavirus in Russia — in the Trans-Baikal Region and the Tyumen Region. They are under strict surveillance. They have been isolated, and necessary assistance has been provided to them. Both are Chinese citizens,” state-run news agency TASS quotes Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

In late December, China alerted the World Health Organization to the outbreak of a pneumonia-like disease in the city of Wuhan that has about 11 mln residents. Later, the infecting agent was defined as coronavirus 2019-nCoV. At the moment, nearly 10,000 persons in China are reported to have caught the infection; over 200 have died.

On January 30, the WHO declared the situation an international public health emergency.

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2020.01.31 12:54, via TASS