Pandemic ‘on the decline’ in Moscow as mayor lifts some restrictions By Reuters

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is subsiding in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday when he abolished some COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to open at night. New cases of COVID-19 in the Russian capital have not exceeded 3,000 in the last week and more than 50% of beds in coronavirus hospitals were empty for the first time since mid-June, Sobyanin wrote on his personal blog. Russia, which launched a voluntary vaccination program with the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in December, has seen a steady drop in cases in the past month, from a record daily increase on December 24. It has resisted imposing a new strict blockade, relying instead on specific measures. “The pandemic is subsiding, and under the circumstances, our duty is to create the conditions for the fastest possible recovery of the economy,” Sobyanin said. “My sincere congratulations to you friends on our joint victory and one more step towards a return to normal life in the beautiful city of Moscow. The mayor lifted the ban on entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs, serving customers between 11 pm and 6 am, a measure that has been in effect since Nov. 13. He also said companies would no longer have to have at least 30% of employees working remotely. ” Remember that the probability of being infected with coronavirus, although low, still exists. The fight is not over yet. We still have to be careful, “Sobyanin said. The measures requiring state universities to operate remotely, with distance learning for students, would be reviewed on February 6, Sobyanin said. Remains.

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