Russia To Close Borders Tomorrow To Curb Coronavirus

The Moscow Times reports:

Russia will close all border crossings on March 30, the government said late on Saturday, tightening restrictions after the country reported its biggest one-day rise in new coronavirus cases. The authorities said they so far had recorded 1,264 confirmed cases, an increase of 228 in 24 hours, and ordered that all vehicle, rail and pedestrian checkpoints, as well as the country’s maritime borders, be closed from Monday.

Russia has already grounded all international flights and declared next week a non-working week — which does not apply to workers from key businesses like pharmacies and supermarkets — in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. Moscow, Russia’s worst-affected area, has shut all cafes, restaurants and shops, apart from those selling food and medicine, until April 5.