Moscow orders elderly people to stay home in the fight against corona

Moscow has ordered people over the age of 60 to stay home for the next four months as corona infections and victims continue to rise in the Russian capital. Companies must have at least 30 percent of their staff working from home until February 25, Mayor Sergei Sobjanin announced.

It is the first time since the summer that measures against the virus have been taken again. They‘ll go in Monday next week. The highest Russian medical adviser has suggested that the period from 30 October to November 7th to a non-work week to contain the virus, as was also done last year.

In Russia, 1015 people died over the last day due to Covid-19, the highest number since the beginning of the epidemic. 33,740 new infections were detected.

Many Russians mistrust Russian-made corona vaccines. The vaccine rate is much lower than in Western countries by more than 30%. Yet the government is not considering remuneration for people who come to get a shot. Incidentally, vaccination is mandatory for some professions.

The Kremlin also says it doesn’t believe that allowing foreign vaccines would entice people to get vaccinated. According to a spokesperson, that would only be possible if the country making the vaccines approved Russian vaccines as well.