Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobjanin wants to gradually ease measures against the spread of the new coronavirus in his city.
The situation in the Russian capital with almost 12 million inhabitants has, in his view, stabilized somewhat in recent weeks. President Vladimir Putin expressed his support for Sobjanin’s intentions on Wednesday.
Sobjanin says that industrial companies will be able to restart their activities from May 12. It is still too early to lift restrictions in the services sector.
According to Sobjanin, that could lead to a new wave of contamination. The mayor called on the Muscovites to stay inside as much as possible for the time being.
Moscow is regarded as the main source of infection in Russia. On Wednesday, the total number of detected infections in Russia rose to 165,929.
The reported number of new infections has been above ten thousand for four consecutive days. The Russian authorities reported 1537 deaths through Wednesday.
Moscow is also the beating heart of the Russian economy. It has been severely hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus and subsequent measures.
Economic Development Minister Maxim Resjetnikov reported on Wednesday that economic activity in Russia is 33 percent lower than before the virus outbreak.