Moscow records 9,056 new confirmed cases, restrictions extended until 29th

The capital Moscow today reported 9,056 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, a record high since the outbreak began, according to Russian government statistics.

According to government statistics published on the stopcoronavirus.rf website, Russia reported 17,262 new confirmed cases, the highest number since Feb. 1, and 453 deaths from the epidemic.

In Moscow, 78 new people died of the disease.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said today that he will extend the restrictions imposed this week until the 29th, after another surge of new cases per day in Moscow.

The measures include a ban on mass public events and the closure of cafes and restaurants at night, he said on his blog. Sobyanin said this week that Moscow is facing a new, more aggressive and contagious variant of the virus.

As the outbreak heats up in Moscow, Sobyanin said it has closed fan areas for the Euro 2020 Nations Cup and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

On his website, Sobyanin wrote: “We will suspend all major entertainment events, and we must also close the ballroom and the fan zone.” He was referring to the Euro 2020 Nations Cup fan zone outside Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.