Moscow has ordered people over the age of 60 to stay at home for the next four months as the number of corona infections and deaths continues to rise in the Russian capital.
Companies must allow at least 30 percent of their staff to work from home until February 25, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced.
It is the first time since the summer that measures have been retaken against the virus. They go into effect next Monday. Russia’s top medical adviser has suggested making the period from October 30 to November 7 a non-working week to contain the virus, as was done once last year.
In Russia, 1,015 people have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the epidemic. 33,740 new infections were identified.
Many Russians distrust Russian-made corona vaccines. At more than 30 percent, the vaccination rate is therefore much lower than in Western countries. Still, the government is not considering a reward for people who come to get a shot. Vaccination is compulsory for some professions.
The Kremlin also says it does not believe that allowing foreign vaccines would trick people into getting vaccinated. According to a spokesperson, this would only be possible if the country that makes the vaccines would also approve Russian vaccines.