The Russian government announced on Friday a decision to close its border for foreign citizens and people without citizenship, arriving to Russia from Iran.

The decision published on the government’s website, was made to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

“To ensure the security of the state, protect public health and prevent spreading of new coronavirus infection [2019-nCoV] on the territory of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of Russia from 00:00 local time on March 7, 2020 temporarily bans for foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, coming from the territory of the Islamic

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