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Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova chaired a meeting of the Emergency Eesponse Center for preventing the import and spread of the novel coronavirus in Russia.

A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529) has been discovered in South Africa and several other countries. According to the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), this variant is distinguished by a large number of mutations in the S-protein gene, which can make it more infectious and also reduce the effectiveness of antibodies. Developments around the new coronavirus variant are being carefully studied, and it is too early to make any final conclusions. This variant has not yet been found on the territory of Russia. The coronavirus test systems used in Russia can detect this variant.

Due to the emergence of the new variant, the emergency response center has taken the following decisions:

From 12.00 midnight on 28 November 2021, Russia will restrict entry into the country for foreign citizens from the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Madagascar, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as for foreign citizens who have been in these territories within the last 10 days;
Rosturism will inform tour agencies about the decision to restrict entry for foreign citizens from the abovementioned states;
Rospotrebnadzor together with the Ministry of Transport will organize express tests for the novel coronavirus infection for citizens of Russia arriving from the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Madagascar, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the People’s Republic of China, the State of Israel, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as for foreign citizens arriving from the People’s Republic of China, the State of Israel, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and will ensure that the abovementioned persons comply with the sanitary and epidemiological requirements;
Russia will extend the suspension of regular flights with the United Republic of Tanzania until 1 February 2022.

The emergency response center is monitoring the situation. Additional measures will be taken if necessary.

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