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Railway traffic between Russia, N. Korea suspended following coronavirus outbreak

All News 20:25 February 03, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- Russia's state-run railway company announced Monday it will suspend its passenger traffic with North Korea in order to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, Russian Railways said passenger train services between the two countries will remain grounded "until further notice." The company added the decision was "in accordance with a message from the North Korean Ministry of Railways" dated last Saturday.

The decision follows an earlier move to halt all air traffic between the two countries.

Russian Railways earlier suspended passenger traffic with China last Friday. The central Chinese city of Wuhan is the epicenter of the deadly virus, which has claimed hundreds of lives in China and has affected many others across the globe. Russia has had two confirmed cases of the virus, both Chinese nationals.

North Korea has also shut down all its air and railway routes across its borders with China. It has not yet reported an outbreak of the deadly virus.

This TASS photo from Feb. 1, 2020, shows the Beijing-Moscow train arriving at the Novosibirsk railway station in Novosibirsk, Russia. Railway traffic between Russia and China has been suspended until March 1, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, with only the Beijing-Moscow route being maintained. (Yonhap)


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