Russia closes borders to slow coronavirus spread

A few visitors and staff of the pub watching the broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian citizens on the State Television channels in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (File/AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Updated 28 March 2020

Russia closes borders to slow coronavirus spread

  • A decree on the government’s website said Russia would “temporarily restrict traffic” across national borders to prevent new infections
  • Health officials have registered 1,264 cases of coronavirus and four deaths

MOSCOW: Russia is to completely close its borders from Monday to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday.
A decree on the government’s website said Russia would “temporarily restrict traffic” across national borders to prevent new infections.
The country closed its borders to foreigners last week and grounded all international flights on Thursday as part of increasingly stringent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Russia.
Health officials have registered 1,264 cases of coronavirus and four deaths, according to Saturday’s official tally.
Russian diplomats and truck drivers will be exempted from the new restrictions.
Russian citizens living permanently in the Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk would also still be allowed to cross the border, the decree said.


Malaysia reports 19 new coronavirus cases, one new death

Updated 05 June 2020

Malaysia reports 19 new coronavirus cases, one new death

  • The health ministry also reported its first death in two weeks

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the cumulative total to 8,266 infections.
The health ministry also reported its first death in two weeks, raising the number of fatalities to 116.
Earlier on Friday, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled an additional economic stimulus package worth around $8.2 billion in a bid to revitalize industries badly hit by the pandemic.