MOSCOW

Russia announced on Monday it is restricting border crossings for foreigners starting on March 18 and lasting through May 1 to help stem the coronavirus outbreak.

“The restrictions will not apply to employees of diplomatic missions and consular institutions in Russia, international car drivers, crews of air, sea, and river transport, or train and locomotive crews in international rail traffic,” said a statement on the government’s official website.

The exceptions also include members of official delegations and persons having diplomatic, service, or ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, persons residing in Russian

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