Russia imposes hospitality curfew to tackle spread of Covid


The Kremlin called for “strengthening controls on compliance with all restrictive measures”, including “the introduction of a ban on the organization of entertainment and entertainment events and the provision of catering services from 23:00 to 6:00 am”. A statement published on Monday.

Putin’s order says the measure must be introduced before November 30.

Russia’s Kovid-19 crisis is deepening and its officials have begun to openly admit that the country is facing a severe winter.

And in Moscow, a 10-day lockdown will run from October 28 to November 7 with only limited exemptions.

Before announcing the lockdown, the city ordered all non-vaccinated residents over the age of 60, as well as those “suffering with chronic diseases”, to stay home for four months until the end of February.

“The situation in Moscow is also developing into a worst-case scenario,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in a blog post announcing the measures on October 21.

Experts attribute the situation to a slow vaccination campaign, an overwhelming health care system and widespread mistrust in the government.

Russia was the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, for use in August 2020, but only 30% of the population has been fully vaccinated in a country where four domestic vaccines are now available.

a recent survey Independent surveyor Levada-Center found that 52% of Russians were unwilling to vaccinate against the coronavirus with Russian vaccines, with only 14% willing.

Russia has not yet approved any foreign-made coronavirus vaccines, with only Russian ones available nationwide.

Moscow orders 60-plus stay-at-home orders for 4 months as Russia's Covid-19 crisis deepens

The Kremlin has accepted partial responsibility for the low vaccination rates.

“Of course, everything that needed to be done was not done to inform and explain the imperative and importance of vaccination,” said Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s spokesman on 19 October.

“But at the same time, the citizens of our country need to take a more responsible position and get vaccinated,” he said.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Russia has recorded a total of 228,581 deaths from Covid-19.

However, the actual death toll is thought to be much higher as the country’s coronavirus task force does not include deaths linked to the coronavirus, where the virus was not the sole or main cause of death in its official count.

CNN’s Zahra Ullah and Katharina Krebs contributed reporting from Moscow.