In Moscow, all restrictions introduced to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus are extended by a week, until January 21, said the mayor of the city, Sergei Sobyanin. An exception has been made for schoolchildren in grades 6-11. They will return to full-time education on Monday, January 18th (until January 17th in the capital’s schools). Students’ transport cards will be unlocked then.
“The coming days will clarify the trend emerging in Moscow, which will allow making decisions for a longer period. If there is no deterioration and the stabilization of the current level of morbidity becomes stable, we will consider the possibility of easing a number of other restrictions, ”Mr. Sobyanin wrote in his blog.
In general, the mayor called the epidemiological situation in the city uncertain. “On the one hand, the New Year’s pause stopped the growth of morbidity … Vaccination is gaining momentum … On the other hand, there has not yet been a tangible decrease in the hospitalization rate. More than 13 thousand people are still in hospitals – the same number as on the eve of the holidays, ”the head of the city added.
Until January 21, according to the previously introduced restrictions, city universities and colleges, as well as institutions of additional education and sports schools, continue to work remotely or are on vacation. Catering establishments are open until 23:00. 30% of employees of Moscow enterprises remain remote. Self-isolation is recommended for the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
According to the latest data, more than 871 thousand infected were detected in Moscow (+4.3 thousand per day). More than 12 thousand infected have died since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 715 thousand people have recovered.
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