Coronavirus just got real in Moscow: outdoor events banned, schools closed, indoor crowds restricted

After videos went viral

After videos went viral at the weekend showing Russian soccer fans chanting about the coronavirus in packed stadiums, some expressed concern that the country was in denial over Covid-19. If so, that ended on Monday.

In Moscow, all outdoor events have been banned and schools will be closed. Meanwhile, indoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people. The orders were published on the website of the capital’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin and came only a few hours after a spokesman said the Kremlin “saw no need” to introduce a state of emergency.

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