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Russia prepares to shut all borders as coronavirus cases soar

Hard-hit Moscow shuts all cafes, restaurants and nonessential shops

Women walk across Red Square near St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow on March 26.   © Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia will close all border crossings on March 30, the government said 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.

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