All those arriving in Russia from Britain will be quarantined for 14 days and obliged to stay at home, as follows from a resolution by the chief of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, uploaded to the official portal of legal information on Friday.
"All persons arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the territory of Russia (except for air crews) are obliged to observe self-isolation rules at home for a period of 14 days," the resolution says, TASS reports.
The measure is effective starting from the next day following the official news release.
On December 14, Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said British scientists had identified a new coronavirus strain that might be to blame for high infection rates in southeastern England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told an urgent news conference on December 19 that according to the current findings the new strain might be 70% more contagious. He added that British experts had not yet found any proof that the mutated virus was fraught with a greater risk of lethal outcome. Some countries, including Russia, have paused air links with Britain.