Russia to limit flights to and from EU, Switzerland and Norway over coronavirus

Russian officials and medical staff wearing protective gear check passengers as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, Russia March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will limit passenger flights to and from the European Union, Switzerland and Norway, starting on March 16, except for flights through Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the authorities said on Friday.

Flights from Moscow to the capitals of European states, however, will not be affected, they said.

Russia, which has so far recorded 45 cases of the virus, said earlier this week that it would suspend most flights to and from Italy, Germany, France and Spain over the coronavirus.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alison Williams