Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova chaired a meeting of the emergency response centre in charge of the prevention of import and spread of the novel coronavirus in the Russian Federation.
Following the discussion and given the epidemiological situation in certain countries, those taking part in the meeting decided to resume mutual air services with the following countries, as of 27 January 2021:
- Vietnam (Moscow – Hanoi, twice a week);
- India (Moscow – New Delhi, twice a week);
- Finland (Moscow – Helsinki, twice and week, and St Petersburg – Helsinki, twice a week);
- Qatar (Moscow – Doha, three times a week).
The decision was based on the previously developed criteria to reciprocally resume air services with foreign countries: 40 new coronavirus cases within 14 days per 100,000 people; no more than a 1 percent daily increase of new cases within 14 days, and also a novel coronavirus infection basic reproduction number of no more than 1 within seven days.
In addition to this, it was decided to increase the number of regular flights between Moscow and Cairo to five a week.
The emergency response centre reminds people to take care of their health, limit their visits to public places, use PPE and sanitisers as well as to remain at home and seek medical assistance if they should feel unwell.