Russia's federal health and epidemic watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has deemed the conditions in Turkey’s Gulf of Antalya region unsafe for tourists, a source in the agency told Sputnik.
In recent days, media reports have emerged claiming that the number of tourists infected with Coxsackievirus (an enterovirus infection) was growing in Turkey, with dozens of tourists allegedly forced to interrupt their vacation ahead of schedule. Turkey’s Health Ministry denied on Wednesday media reports about the epidemic.
"Rospotrebnadzor has made a decision regarding the unsafe conditions for the health of Russian tourists in Turkey’s Gulf of Antalya region. The document has been sent to Rosturism [the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism]," the source said.
Russia had previously blocked Russian tourists from visiting Turkey after Turkish jets downed a Russian jet near the Turkey-Syria border.