March 25, 2020 / 11:41 AM / 6 days ago

Moscow bans events, closes most shops to curb coronavirus spread - Mayor

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow introduced a raft of new measures on Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, including a temporary ban on holding any public events and the suspension of free public transport for the over 65s, the city’s mayor said on his website.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said food shops, banks and household services would remain open.

Russia has reported 658 coronavirus cases, 410 of them in Moscow.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Alexander Marrow; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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