Russia coronavirus lockdown: Putin orders 145m citizens to STAY HOME | World | News


Russia has also ordered its vast network of state-run hotels, resorts and recreational facilities to shut down from March 28 until June 1, as its number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose past 1,000. It comes after the number of confirmed cases jumped by a record daily amount for the third day in a row on Friday, bringing Russia’s total to 1,036.

Four people have died of the deadly COVID-19 disease. 

Russia’s mass domestic tourism and recreation sector is still dominated by the state, a legacy from Soviet times.

Millions of Russians still holiday each year at vast state-run hotels, resorts, health spas and children’s camps.

President Vladimir Putin has declared next week a non-working week, and Moscow, the country’s worst-affected area, will this weekend close all cafes, restaurants and shops apart from those selling food and medicine, until April 5.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia remains much lower than in many European countries, but the mayor of Moscow told Putin on Tuesday that the real scale of the problem in the capital far exceeded official figures.



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