Sergei Sobyanin explains current coronavirus response measures

November 2
Social sector

Moscow will not adopt new restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the decision has been made to extend the measures that are currently in effect, Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.

“The situation is still unstable. On the one hand, we can see the first signs of improvement. However, we just cannot rule out the risk of an increase in the COVID-19 incidence rate,” said Sergei Sobyanin. “There is no need for new restrictions at the moment, but at the same time it is too soon to relax the current measures because it could destabilise the situation.”

Another week of distance learning

Distance learning will continue for students in grades 6-11 until 8 November. The Mayor noted that thanks to distance learning the coronavirus incidence rate among schoolchildren has almost halved over the recent weeks.

“The decision on the expediency of resuming classroom learning after 8 November will be taken at the end of next week depending on the epidemiological situation,” he added.

Children’s extracurricular and leisure centres subordinate to the Moscow Government will be closed for another month, until 29 November.

Requirements for employers

The requirement to switch at least 30 percent of employees to telecommuting has also been extended until 29 November.

Currently, over 1.22 million Moscow residents are working from home — practically everybody, who was able and required to do so. The switch to telecommuting reduced the load on public transport by approximately 40 percent and thereby made it possible to lower the passengers’ risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Special rules for night clubs and bars

As of 19 October, new rules came into force for visitors and staff of night clubs and bars which are open from midnight to 6 am. After the first week of the check-in system operation (phone registration at the entrance) over 1,500 spots, including restaurants and hotels to which these requirements do not apply joined the system. Thanks to this system visitors can register their telephone numbers and be notified promptly if they had been in contact with carriers. As a result, people can do coronavirus tests and cut the number of contacts in time.

“The check-in system will be in effect until 29 November. We are going to adopt this system at all Moscow Government departments,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

 Care for the most vulnerable

The home regime has been extended for people over the age of 65 and those suffering from chronic diseases. Statistics show that such people run a higher risk of complications and death from COVID-19, and the city authorities are trying to do everything they can to protect them from danger. In addition, masks and gloves still have to be worn in public transport and public places.

According to the Mayor, these measures have helped stabilise the situation: “The results of the recent two weeks encourage cautious optimism. We have managed to break the chain of infection without introducing a lockdown in the city and preserving the operation of all sectors of the economy.”

New cases made up only 2 percent over the last week. Meanwhile, the scope of testing is constantly growing and has reached 93,200 PCR tests a day.

About 1,200 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised every day. As a result of opening reserve hospitals at VDNKh, Kashirskoye Motorway, Krylatskoye Ice Palace, Sokolniki Congress and Exhibition Centre and in Kommunarka, there is a large reserve of hospital beds. About 5,000 hospital beds are currently vacant, which is twice as many as a month ago. The city also maintains the capacity for providing enough urgent and scheduled medical assistance at ordinary hospitals.


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