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Taiwan issues orange travel alert for Russia over COVID concerns

ROC Central News Agency

03/08/2020 09:11 PM

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an "orange" travel alert for Russia Sunday, after health authorities in Moscow imposed a state of "high alert" and a series of new measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the Russian capital.

Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree last Thursday introducing a high-alert regime to deal with the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, according to the MOFA Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA).

Under the decree, all tourists regardless of nationality who arrive at Moscow airports from countries where cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have occurred will be placed in 14-day quarantine in a hospital if they have an abnormally high temperature, while those who have no temperature are required to self-isolate in a residence or hotel for 14 days, according to the BOCA.

In light of the situation, the ministry upgraded its travel alert to "orange" for Russia with immediate effect, urging Taiwanese nationals to avoid unnecessary trips to the country because the new quarantine measures might affect Taiwanese tourists' itinerary in the country and could lead them to overstay their visas.

The ministry has a four-color-coded travel alert system, with red the highest level of alert, followed by orange, yellow and gray.

As of Saturday, Russia has recorded a total of 17 confirmed coronavirus cases, three of whom have since recovered.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)


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