Top Russian sanitary inspector bans student trips to Britain over swine flu
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Top Russian sanitary inspector bans student trips to Britain over swine flu

28 Jul, 12:20 PM

Russia’s chief sanitary inspector Gennady Onishchenko has forbidden groups of Russian children from traveling to Britain because of the flu outbreak. It was not clear though, how he was going to implement this ban.

“England is the worst affected country in Europe in terms of the flu,” Onishchenko told Vesti television on Monday.

“Today I signed a letter of instructions to regions, not to allow any groups of children to travel to Britain in August,” he added.

Onishchenko said there are 28 clinically confirmed A/H1N1/ flu cases in Russia.

On Tuesday, he went further and suggested that all groups of children should be banned from leaving the country, be it for holidays or studies.

“Gennady Onishchenko has suggested to the executive authorities to take measures temporarily forbidding all organized groups of children from leaving the country,” Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's state sanitation agency, said in a statement.

The statement did not indicate how long the ban would last.

Tags: health, swine flu, Gennady Onishchenko

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