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Two flights to evacuate Russian citizens from Bangkok on late Sunday - Ministry

Two flights to evacuate Russian citizens from Bangkok on late Sunday - Ministry

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Apr 2020, 12:09 pm

Moscow/Sputnik: Two flights from Bangkok to Russia's Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Samara (via Irkutsk) – will evacuate Russian citizens from Thailand on late Sunday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media said.

"The departure of the SHU5489 flight Bangkok – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is scheduled for April 26, 22:40 local time [15:40 GMT]," the ministry wrote in its Telegram-channel on late Thursday. Another flight – SVR3642 – will leave Bangkok for the Russian cities of Irkutsk and Samara at 1930 hrs local time, according to the ministry.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 2.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 187,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Thailand has confirmed 2,839 COVID-19 cases so far, with 50 fatalities, the same university says.