As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 184 000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic's spread within its borders.
There have been 62 773 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 555 deaths.
Russia confirmed 4 774 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 62 773. Overall, 555 people have died from the virus in Russia.
At least 21 Russian regions have requested digital travel passes a week after coronavirus-hit Moscow enacted its system to enforce lockdown measures and slow the deadly outbreak, the Communications and Press Ministry said.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin warned that the regions’ hospitals risk running out of beds within three to four weeks at current rates of infection.
— Vladislav Filev, the owner of Russian carrier S7 Airlines, has predicted that international air traffic which has been largely halted due to the pandemic will resume in April 2021.
— Russia will temporarily suspend deportations of foreigners over the next two months due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.
— More than 100 000 pregnant women will be unable to undergo medical abortions in Moscow because of restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Russia’s Labor Ministry has ordered mental health facilities and nursing homes to quarantine residents and employees for two weeks in a move to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
— The lives of thousands of Russian patients with rare diseases are in danger because the country’s hospitals are being repurposed to address the coronavirus outbreak.
— Russia's mosques will close during the holy month of Ramadan, Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Muftis which represents Russia’s Muslim community, said.
— The Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East has become the third region to require residents to wear face masks in public, following the Amur region and the Republic of Tatarstan.