Moscow mayor imposes citywide lockdown
Moscow will enact an indefinite citywide quarantine starting Monday, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said as the city's number of coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000 over the weekend.
All residents of Moscow will largely be forbidden from leaving their homes and their movement in the city would subject to special permits, Sergey Sobyanin said in a statement.
However, exceptions are made for buying groceries, medicines, walking pets within 100 meters from home and disposing of litter, according to the statement.
Russian authorities on Sunday confirmed 270 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1,534.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus, officially known as Covid-19, has spread to at least 177 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The data shows more than 715,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 33,500, and over 150,000 recoveries.