Coronavirus: Russia to limit flights to Europe from Monday.

Russia is limiting flights with Europe from Monday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Moscow said Friday.

The state health regulator said the restrictions were being imposed "to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in Russia," according to a statement online and reported by Moscow Times.

"The operational headquarters decided to temporarily limit passenger air traffic" from just after midnight Moscow time on March 16th, it said.

The restrictions are "from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of the Member States of the European Union and in the opposite direction," it said without fully spelling out what the restrictions were.

Flights to and from non-EU countries Norway and Switzerland are included in the new limits.

But air services between EU capital cities and Moscow are exempt from the restrictions, as well as flights to and from Oslo and Geneva.

Image: Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, via Wikipedia

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