Moscow mayor orders senior citizens to stay home

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The Moscow mayor has ordered people over 65 years old to self-isolate in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The mayor of the Russian capital, Sergei Sobyanin, said COVID 19 is a danger to senior citizens and is especially dangerous for those with chronic diseases. According to the mayor, extreme social distancing and medical supervision can help prevent infection.

Sobyanin said he had previously recommended Muscovites over 65 to stay home, Interfax writes. The best solution, he said, would be to go and stay at their country homes, something many actually did, although not all.

Therefore, Muscovites over 65 have been ordered to self-isolate from March 26 to April 14. Those who are still employed will need to work from home. Their employers have been ordered to arrange for that.

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