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Canadians with COVD-19 symptoms barred from aircrafts; Russia closes borders

Staff Report

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Saturday, announced that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board domestic flights or intercity trains. 

Trudeau says the new requirement will begin Monday at noon. Canadians returning to the country already can’t board planes if they are showing symptoms.

Trudeau says it will up to the train and plane operators to ensure people with symptoms don’t board. He says all those showing symptoms should be in self-isolation. 

Trudeau made the announcement outside this residence where he is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus. 

Canada has more than 4,700 cases and more than 50 deaths.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered the country’s borders be fully closed as of Monday. 

The order issued Saturday follows increasingly stringent restrictions imposed over the past several weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

International passenger flights were halted on Friday. The order exempts diplomats as well as residents of the Kaliningrad exclave, who must cross through another country to enter the rest of Russia.

Passenger traffic on Moscow’s subway system, the second-busiest in the world, was down by about half on the first day of a widespread closure of business aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

According to the Interfax news agency, the city’s transportation department says the number of people using the subway was 2.2 times lower than the same day in 2019. Bus use was similarly down. Moscow’s subway system records an average 6.6 million rides a day.

Moscow has ordered non-essential businesses closed through April 5.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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