Moscow entered lockdown today in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus after the capital recorded more than 1,000 cases of the disease. Streets in the Russian capital were deserted today with Red Square empty after mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the drastic measures last night. People can only leave their homes for very limited reasons including food shopping, medical treatment and walking their dog. The lockdown coincides with the start of a ‘non-working’ week declared by president Vladimir Putin last week in which shops and restaurants have been shut down. Red Square, overlooked by St Basil’s Cathedral (left) and the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin (right), is nearly deserted this morning after Moscow went into lockdown A street in central Moscow is deserted today after authorities ordered a shutdown and said people had ignored previous health warnings Moscow mayor Sobyanin said people had ignored earlier warnings to avoid public places and non-essential travel. Many people went to parks for barbecues during an unusually warm weekend, despite the official recommendations. ‘It is obvious that not everyone heard us,’ Sobyanin wrote on his website as he announced the tighter quarantine measures. Muscovites will only be allowed to go out to buy… Read full this story
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