Moscow ends lockdown as daily virus infections drop

The Russian capital will end on Tuesday the tight lockdown imposed more than two months ago, as the coronavirus cases show a slowdown. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that starting 9 June residents will no longer be required to obtain electronic passes for travel and can walk, use public transport and drive without any restrictions. Hairdressers and beauty salons will be allowed to reopen also on Tuesday, and cafes and restaurants will be able to open outdoor terraces starting 16 June.

Under the lockdown imposed in late March, all nonessential businesses were closed and residents were only allowed to shop at nearby stores and pharmacies, visit doctors and walk their dogs.

The restrictions have been gradually eased. Many of Russia’s 85 regions already have eased their lockdowns.

The number of daily infections in Moscow has dropped from a peak of about 6,700 to about 2,000 recently. Overall, Russia has registered over 476,000 infections, including 5,971 deaths. Moscow, Russia's largest city with more than 12 million people, has accounted for nearly half of the nation’s infections and coronavirus deaths.

Russia also on Monday announced the first steps to allow its citizens to travel abroad, with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin saying a government order had been signed allowing them to leave the country to work, study or take care of sick relatives. Foreigners could also visit Russia to care for relatives, he said, without making it clear how soon these new measures would be implemented.

 

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