31 Jan 2020 19:51

Coronavirus-infected patient identified in Trans-Baikal had almost no contact with Russian citizens - administration

BLAGOVESHCHENSK. Jan 31 (Interfax) - A Chinese citizen in Russia's Trans-Baikal territory infected with the new coronavirus was promptly placed in an isolated hospital room immediately after crossing the Russian-Chinese border, the Trans-Baikal territory administration said.

"Taking into account the adverse epidemiological situation in China and his long stay in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and other provinces of China, where virus cases have previously been recorded, specialists from Rospotrebnadzor's division for the Trans-Baikal territory collected test samples from the man, and he was immediately placed in a special isolated hospital room with symptoms of the disease," it said.

The disease was laboratory-confirmed at the Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Research Center of the Russian consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, and special therapy has been prescribed for the hospitalized patient. The patient's health status has been identified as fair. All those who had close contact with him have also been placed under medical supervision, the administration said.