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Virus cases rising sharply in Moscow

The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
Associated Press Reporters

The number of new coronavirus infections in the Russian capital has risen by more than 1,000 in 24 hours as Moscow heads into a week in which many businesses will be closed under a mayoral order.

The national Covid-19 taskforce said on Sunday that 7,704 new cases have been recorded, continuing a steep spike that has alarmed city officials.

At the beginning of June, Moscow was recording about 2,900 new cases a day.

Yesterday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered businesses that do not operate at weekends to remain “non-working” until the end of this week, and closed food courts and children’s play areas.

He also ordered restaurants and bars to be limited to takeaway service from 11pm to 6am.

Nationwide, 14,723 new infections were reported on Sunday – about 1,200 more than a day earlier.

Overall, Russia has reported about 5.2 million infections and 126,000 deaths.

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