Moscow to set up new COVID measures amid death record

14:06, 20 October 2021
Moscow to set up new COVID measures amid death record Photo: Kremlin Pool/Global Look Press

Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, made an order to implement COVID-19 restrictions, which were canceled in summer as data showed a record number of deaths from coronavirus - 1,015 in one day.

The government plans to put the restrictions into practice in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower the people’s contact by ordering citizens to keep off from work for a week.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is still to make a certain decision, which measures should be taken to prevent the virus from spreading.

However, a part of the restrictions have been already made as Moscow Mayor on Tuesday ordered those who are above 60 to work remotely and extended the compulsory vaccination for service employees. The Mayor has also ordered employers to redirect 30 percent of their members to work from home. The measures will go into effect on Monday of next week and will last until February.

“With every day the number of people hospitalised with the severe form of the disease is growing,” Sobyanin said in a statement.

The Moscow Mayor underlined that the number of serious patients has “doubled” compared to the summer period.

The decision to take action came after Russia has recently registered the record number of daily coronavirus deaths. The overall number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia has hit 226,353 since the pandemic began which is the highest in Europe. To date, only 32% of Russians are fully vaccinated despite constant authorities' appeals.