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Russian government restricts air traffic to Sakhalin and Hokkaido
Following a meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova with the heads of the regions, the Russian government has limited air traffic to Sakhalin and Hokkaido. Measures were taken due to the spread of the coronavirus there.
Previously regional authorities introduced their ban for flights, now air communication is closed at the federal level. Hokkaido has an emergency mode, about 80 people have become infected with the virus. According to the press service of the regional government, the ban on flights will last until further notice.
Residents of Sakhalin were advised not to fly to Japan. Those currently in Hokkaido can either return to Russia via Tokyo and Seoul, or go to the Russian consulate to fly away as an organized group.
Returnees from Hokkaido will be placed in 14-day home quarantine if they have no signs of illness. Tourists with temperature and other even insignificant signs will be placed in isolators. Foreign citizens will be placed in stationary quarantine points.
From March 7 at the airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, all passengers arriving from other regions of the country are checked with thermal imagers. Previously, such control was only on international flights.