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Russia shuts down rail transport with North Korea at North Korean government’s request amid coronavirus outbreak

On February 3, Russian Railways suspended all passenger services to and from North Korea, the state-owned company’s press service reported.

The suspension was instated after Russian Railways received a shutdown request from North Korean officials, who have also closed off rail transport with China to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus strain 2019-nCoV.

All passenger rail services between Russia and China were also suspended on February 3. Russian Railways announced that all passengers who purchased tickets at Russian points of sale can receive full refunds upon request.

Two Chinese citizens have been diagnosed with the coronavirus on Russian territory. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has indicated that they will be deported.