Belarus’ Lukashenko bans return of citizens abroad to curb coronavirus

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday ordered border guards to prevent the return to Belarus of its citizens who left and are currently abroad – with the exception of those in Russia – to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Don’t bring the virus back to us. And it doesn’t matter what kind of passport the virus is travelling with,” Lukashenko said on state television.

He said the ban did not apply to citizens of Belarus travelling back from Russia, however, due to the two countries’ border arrangements.