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Travelers from Russia to face quarantine in Switzerland - embassy

Now only citizens with residence permit are allowed to visit this country

MOSCOW, August 1. /TASS/. A 10-day quarantine will be imposed in Switzerland on those arriving from Russia, the Swiss embassy told TASS on Saturday.

"Russia is among the high-risk countries, so the 10-day quarantine at home is compulsory," the spokesperson said when asked by TASS. "Only citizens with residence permit are allowed to visit Switzerland. Russian tourists are still barred from entering.".

Earlier in the day, the Russian anti-coronavirus crisis center announced resumption of flights to Switzerland from August 15, 2020. The Moscow-Geneva-Moscow flights will be operated once a week.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, about 17,600,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 679,000 deaths have been reported.

To date, 845,443 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 646,524 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 14,058 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.