Moscow eases lockdown despite large amount of virus cases

Russian policemen stand guard at a bus stop to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Moscow, Russia. The poster at the bus stop reads: 'Avoid contacts, Keep distance 2 meters'. EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

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Shopping malls and parks in Moscow reopened on Monday as the Russian capital eases coronavirus restrictions despite having the world’s third-largest caseload, with 405,843 infections.

The relaxation of the confinement orders in Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s outbreak with a population of more than 12 million, comes after President Vladimir Putin announced the epidemic had passed its peak in the country.

Russia on Monday reported 9,035 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the nationwide tally of infections to 414,878.

The country’s coronavirus response centre said 162 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll from the virus to 4,855.

 

Via Reuters

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