In the statement, the mission urged the students to give priority to their safety and return to Iran until the end of the epidemic, according to IRNA.
“Given the outbreak of the coronavirus in Russia and the concerns about the possibility of outbreak of the disease in university dormitories and with reference to the previous proclamations, we’d advise dear Iranian students to give priority to protecting their health and return to Iran until the end of the epidemic and improvement of the situation,” it said.
The embassy also announced that efforts have been made to operate one or two one-way flights every week from Moscow to Tehran to return Iranian nationals.
Earlier this month, the Office of Scientific Consultation and Administration of Iranian Students in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Central Asia advised Iranian university students in Russia to return to Iran amid the pandemic and proceed with their education via distance learning.
The advisory had pointed to bleak prospects for the settlement of coronavirus issues in Russia in the short term, saying such conditions could even continue into the next semester.
On Monday, Russia reported more confirmed coronavirus cases than China, having reached a total of 87,147 infections nationwide, according to Russia's anti-coronavirus crisis center, TASS reported.
Russia confirmed an additional 6,198 cases over the past 24 hours. Another 50 people died in Russia over the past day, bringing the death toll to 794.
Russia now has the ninth highest number of confirmed cases in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
China – where the virus originated – sits in tenth with 83,912 confirmed cases and 4,637 deaths.