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Moscow To Shut Cafes, Shops In ‘Unprecedented’ Virus Measure

A person wears a protecting swimsuit and a gasoline masks as he walks alongside a road in central Moscow on March 21, 2020 as Moscow metropolis officers have restricted public gatherings of greater than 50 individuals and faculties throughout the nation will shut for 3 weeks from March 23 in an effort to cease the unfold of the COVID-19 an infection brought on by the novel coronavirus. (Picture by STRINGER / AFP) / Russia OUT

Moscow will shut cafes, outlets, parks and different non-essential providers for one week beginning Saturday, its mayor mentioned Thursday, in an “unprecedented” transfer to combat the unfold of coronavirus.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday introduced a non-working week from March 28 to April 5 to maintain Russians at house. However the measures imposed by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin take the president’s measures a step additional.

Sobyanin had already ordered Muscovites aged over 65 to remain house beginning Thursday, however stopped in need of ordering a strict quarantine.

The closures introduced Thursday “are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19,” the mayor mentioned in a press release on his web site.

All cafes and eating places should cease admitting prospects and should solely ship meals or put together orders to go, based on the decree. 

Shops promoting non-essential gadgets should shut, in addition to magnificence salons and spas. Moscow’s parks will even shut.

The mayor first hinted on the new measures in a televised interview Wednesday night, saying “there will be nothing to do in Moscow” subsequent week.

“The restrictions ordered today are unprecedented in Moscow’s modern history and will create many inconveniences,” Sobyanin mentioned in his message Thursday. 

“But trust me, they are absolutely necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus infection and decrease the number of the ill,” he mentioned, additionally asking Russians from different areas to place off journey to the capital.

Moscow registered two coronavirus-linked deaths on Wednesday, the primary nationally. A complete of 840 circumstances have been recorded nationwide, based on official statistics on Thursday.


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