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Update – 11.06.2020


  • On Thursday, June 11th, Russia recorded 8,779 new cases of coronavirus in 85 Russian regions, raising the official number of positive results to 502,436, with 6 532 dead. Most new COVID-19 cases (1,436) were registered in Moscow, raising the total number of Muscovites with confirmed COVID-19 to 201,221. In the meantime, a total number of 261,150 Russian patients are known to have recovered from coronavirus. Russia is still the 3rd most-affected country in the world in terms of confirmed cases, after the USA and Brazil.
  • The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation is discussing plans for the resumption of foreign flights. The meeting resulted in a “recommended date” for opening international flights – July 15th.  In the near future, the authorities will discuss the resumption of flights from Russia to 15 countries, as from the aforementioned date. At the same time, business aviation flights will begin for “almost all countries”. Starting July 15th, air service will be opened between 8 capitals of the CIS countries. From August 1st, flights will resume between another 7 countries of the world (from Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia). “In any case, these will be regular flights to large cities, mainly capitals. Charters will return later,” said one of the experts.
  • On Monday, June 8th, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the next stages of lockdown relaxation:
    • As of June 9th:
    • self-isolation, admission, and scheduled walks for all, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases, is no longer necessary.
    • Beneficiaries are able to ride with social cards for free on public transport once again.
    • Hairdressers, beauty salons, veterinary clinics and employment agencies have opened.
    • Restrictions on car sharing, public organizations, film studios, recording studios and research institutes have been lifted. Theaters, concert organizations and circuses are now allowed to conduct rehearsals.
    • From June 16th:
    • summer verandas of cafes and restaurants will reopen, while dentist’s clinics, libraries, real estate offices, rental services, advertising, consulting and other agencies will resume work. Museums, exhibition halls, and zoos will also re-open.
    • From June 23rd:
    • all other cafes and restaurants will open fitness clubs and swimming pools will open
    • Operation of kindergartens will resume and street swings swing use will be allowed
    • social protection institutions will return to normal
    • cruises on the Moscow River will resume
  • On Monday, June 8th, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Coordinating Council to Combat Coronavirus: «Russians will soon be able to go abroad to care for relatives, for medical treatment, to work and study. Foreigners will also be able to enter Russia for medical purposes».
  • On Monday, July 8th, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said that a fully-fledged launch of inter-regional tourism in Russia is expected in July. «In June we will prepare facilities and infrastructure for launch and a streamlined start, and from July 1st, we have already started planning that it will be possible to fully launch the industry for interregional trips».
  • On Wednesday, June 10th, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced when it is planned that Moscow inhabitants will transition to normal life. He noted that it is impossible to completely defeat COVID-19, as the causative agent of the disease, like any other virus, will remain with people «for a long time or forever». Sobyanin also added: «We still have restrictions in place associated with public events, visiting theaters, cinemas, concert halls, and sports events. These decisions are likely to be made in early July. If the situation allows, within two months we will almost completely switch to normal mode».
  • On Wednesday, June 10th, the Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova announced: «14% of Russians are immune to coronavirus. Such data was obtained from the test results of 650 thousand people in 46 regions. The percentage of immunity among minors under 17 years old is almost 20%, in people between 18 to 64 years old it is 14%, and in those aged 65 years and more, it is only 11%».



  • On Thursday, June 4th, Kazakhstan recorded 239 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive cases to 13,558, with 67 dead.
  • On Wednesday, June 10th , Air Astana made it possible to change the reservation of tickets for international flights free of charge before the end of the year. It also allowed for the change of travel dates and routes in all directions. From May 1st, 2020, Kazakhstan gradually resumed domestic passenger flights. The date of the resumption of international flights is still unknown, dependent on the global coronavirus pandemic situation.
  • According to the new decree published on Sunday,  June 7th  by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan Aizhan Esmagambetova, tourists arriving in Kazakhstan from abroad will be exempted from compulsory quarantine. However, they will have to provide a coronavirus negative test report issued no earlier than 5 days before arrival.


  • On Thursday, June 11th, Ukraine recorded 689 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive results to 29 070, with 854 dead.
  • On Tuesday, June 9th, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevgeny Yenin said that The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine are discussing the resumption of flights with Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey and Cyprus on a bilateral level.
  • On Friday, June 5th , it was announced that Ukraine and Greece will resume communication from July 1st, subject to a stable epidemiological situation in the two countries. The press service of the Foreign Ministry said that this was discussed during a telephone conversation between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and the Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Nikos Dendias.


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