Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on March 18, 2020. - President Vladimir Putin on March 17 said the coronavirus situation was "under control" in Russia and outbreaks of infection had been contained. The country is closing its borders to foreigners from March 18, and cultural and sports events have been suspended. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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In an ‘unprecedented’ move to fight the spread of Coronavirus, Moscow has decided to close down its cafes, shops, parks, and other non-essential services for a week starting this Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had already announced a non-working week starting from March 28 to¬†April 5 to keep Russians at home. But the measures imposed by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin take the president’s measures a step further.

Sobyanin previously had ordered¬†Muscovites aged over 65 to stay home starting Thursday, however, he hasn’t yet ordered a strict quarantine.

The closures announced Thursday “are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19,” the mayor said in a statement on his website.

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