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No Curfew in Moscow Region as City Begins Mandatory Self-Isolation

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Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on Sunday that all Muscovites irrespective of age must stay home unless for exceptional reasons, beginning 30 March. People living in the Moscow suburbs will be allowed to travel, under certain conditions.

No curfew has been imposed in the Moscow Region and police have merely been instructed to inform citizens about the need to comply with new self-isolation measures entering force on Monday, Tatyana Petrova, head of the information and public relations department of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs, said.

“No curfew has been imposed on the territory of Moscow Region. Police officers are supposed to inform citizens about the requirements of abiding by the self-isolation rules,” she said.

Following an announcement that the city of Moscow would request self-isolation, a source in the regional government said that 'for now' there were no plans for a curfew in the Moscow Region.

On Sunday, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev stressed the importance of taking measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and thanked medical professionals for their work. 

"Thanks to that we are able to restrain the rapid spread of the disease. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for different scenarios of its development. An unfavorable scenario will require even tougher decisions. Therefore, it is important to do everything to prevent this from happening: carefully consider the President’s words, to exercise self-discipline, and above all, simply not to create additional risks for yourself and your loved ones," Medvedev said.

Over 1,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the city of Moscow, while in Russia the number of infected patients is 1,534.

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