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Citywide quarantine in Moscow

 International Desk

 Published: 11:55 AM, 30 March 2020  

Moscow, the capital city of Russia

Moscow, the capital city of Russia

Moscow, the capital of Russia, imposed a citywide quarantine starting Monday until further notice, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said in a statement. 

The move came after the city has confirmed 1,014 cases of the coronavirus so far, making it the epicentre of the pandemic within the country.

All residents regardless of their age will largely be forbidden from leaving their homes. However, they will only be able to leave their houses to get urgent medical help, go to a nearby grocery store or pharmacy, and to walk their pets in the proximity of 100m from their residence. The exception will be made for essential workers. 

“(Since restrictions were imposed) movements in the city decreased by two-thirds, which this is very good,” Sobyanin said. "Although it is obvious that not everyone heard us."

City officials will deploy a "smart monitoring" system to enforce these restrictions, Sobyanin said, and the city will develop a special pass system for people to get permission to leave their homes.

Public and private transportation, as well as leaving or entering the city, is still allowed, according to the statement.