Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed an order to close his country's far-east border with China, state media reports, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"An order has been signed today, it is in the works. Today we will inform everyone accordingly about the relevant measures to close the border in the Far Eastern region and other measures that have been taken by the government," Mishustin said, RIA reports.
Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District shares a land border with China, Mongolia and North Korea.
It comes after several Russian tour operators and charter flight companies suspended flights to China.
Russia will also limit its railway service with China from Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Wednesday, TASS reported.
“Trains will only follow the route Moscow-Beijing and Beijing-Moscow," she said.