Jun 12, 2021 - World

Moscow orders new restrictions amid surge in COVID-19 cases

A servicemember spraying a statue in Moscow on June 11.

A servicemember disinfecting a statue in Moscow on June 11. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Moscow's mayor ordered some workplaces to take a week off and imposed new restrictions on many other businesses on Saturday to help curb a surge in new coronavirus cases, AP reports.

Why it matters: The city reported 6,701 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and new cases nationally have more than doubled over the past week.

Details: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered businesses that do not normally work on weekends to remain closed for next week and closed food courts and some children’s play areas for a week starting Sunday.

  • The city also said it would increase its enforcement of mask- and glove-wearing on public transit, in stores and in other public places, according to AP.

The big picture: Though Russia was one of the first countries to develop and offer a coronavirus vaccine, many Russians have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

  • President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that only 18 million Russians — around 12% of the population — have been vaccinated, according to AP.
  • In total, Russia has reported 5.1 million coronavirus cases and 123,961 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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