Russia is warning that foreigners confirmed to have coronavirus may be deported from the country.
Russian officials are determining the procedure for deportation of foreigners infected with the new mysterious virus, Russian news agency Tass reported Monday.
“We are determining the place [of deportation] currently,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told reporters Monday, according to Tass.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also reportedly said the country has signed a plan to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia, including deporting foreigners that test positive for the virus.
“It will allow us to deport foreigners if they are diagnosed with this disease and introduce special restrictions, including isolation and quarantine,” he said, according to CNBC which cited the state news agency Interfax.
Russia reported its first two cases of the virus last week and closed its border with China.
The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has been spreading globally.
China’s National health Commission reported 57 additional deaths and 2,829 new cases Sunday, bringing the country’s total deaths to 361 and confirmed cases to 17,205, according to CNBC.