Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced on Thursday that the Russian capital’s restaurants, cafes, bars, parks and non-essential trade will be closed until April 5.
The decision was made after the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, asked everyone who works in non-essential sectors to stay home next week, with the guarantee that their wages will be preserved.
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Pharmacies, banks, medical institutions and transportation services should continue to function normally. Restaurants can make home deliveries.
“The restrictions introduced today are unprecedented in modern Moscow history. Believe me that they are absolutely necessary to reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the number of cases, ”said Sobyanin.
In the last 24 hours, 182 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Russia, a new record. The number of cases in the country rose to 840 and at least three people died. Moscow is the main area affected by the disease in the country.
Former Putin chief of staff Sobyanin has questioned official data on the pandemic in recent days and said the number of infected people was “much higher” than the government admitted.