The Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobianin, today declared confinement for the entire population of the city as of Monday morning, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“As of tomorrow the self-isolation regime is implemented for all Moscow residents, regardless of age,” Sobianin wrote on his blog.

Until today, mandatory confinement has only been applied to people over 65 years of age and to those who suffer from chronic diseases.

Sobianin pointed out that the measures previously adopted by the authorities, both federal and urban, have had a “huge effect” to reduce contacts between people and prevent infections.

“Travel around the city has decreased by two thirds, which is very good, although it is clear that not everyone has heard us,” he said, adding that the development of events in the largest cities in Europe raises “enormous concern “for the life and health of citizens.

According to the decree, Muscovites will be able to leave their homes only in five cases: to receive emergency medical attention; travel to work if they are required to; shop at the nearest pharmacy and grocery store; walk pets no more than 100 meters from home, and take out the trash.

In the next few days, Sobianin explained, it will be possible to take to the streets with a special pass granted by the City Council, and a “smart control system” of home confinement will be established.

“Slowly and consistently we will tighten the necessary control that is required in this situation,” he added.

At the same time, Sobianin stressed that the domiciliary regime “does not restrict the right of citizens to enter or leave the city.”

“It is just that you cannot move around the city without just cause,” he said.

According to the latest official data, 1,534 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Russia, of which two thirds in Moscow, and there are eight deaths from this disease.

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