Moscow to shut bars and restaurants overnight as Russia’s Covid-19 cases climb – trip

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Bars, clubs and restaurants in Moscow face two months of overnight closures to minimize the spread of Covid-19, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Tuesday, as Russia’s day by day tally of cases exceeded 20,000.

Authorities have been adamant that severe lockdown restrictions, like those seen in the spring, may not be introduced, even as infections have soared to record day by day highs and the official death toll from the virus has crept past 31,000.

Russia is already testing two vaccines against the virus and is on the cusp of registering a third, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that all the country’s vaccines were effective.

Russia is rolling out its Sputnik V vaccine for domestic use even though late-stage trials have not yet finished, and on Monday said it was once more than 90% effective, following earlier comments by vaccine developers Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, who said the same of their experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

“Studies have already shown and confirmed that, firstly, these vaccines are protected and don’t have any serious side-effects after use, and secondly, they’re all effective,” said Putin via video convention at a Shanghai Cooperation Association (SCO) summit assembly, the RIA news agency reported.

Russia’s vaccine efficacy was once based upon data collated from vaccinations of the public, quite than from an ongoing trial.

Putin also said Moscow was once able to cooperate on coronavirus vaccines with other countries.

Moscow Mayor Sobyanin said entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs would be forbidden from serving customers between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from November 13 until Jan. 15, with a member of his office warning that raids would be conducted and fines imposed on those that fail to conform.

Educational institutions, theatres and sports venues would also face heightened restrictions, he said.

University and college students would switch to online learning, while it was once really helpful that other school children, already learning from home, retain trip around town to a minimum.

“Extra restrictions are required with the intention to, so far as conceivable, break the chains of virus transmission and lower the level of infection,” Sobyanin said, writing on his personal website.

Russia on Tuesday reported 20,977 new coronavirus infections and 368 deaths. At 1,817,109, its overall case tally is the fifth largest on the earth, at the back of the USA, India, Brazil and France.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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