Foreign Ministry recalls personnel due to virus fears.

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The spread of the corona virus has led to the Foreign Ministry deciding to recall personnel from areas that are at risk around the world.

According to a list obtained by Swedish Radio News, the recall affects some 21 countries, many of them in Africa but also including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

A spokesperson for the ministry said that the decision is based on the availability of adequate health care in the countries, the possibility of travel restrictions being introduced at short notice and the fact that the personnel involved and their families could belong to groups at particular risk.