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Update – 25.06.2020


  • On Thursday, June 25th, Russia recorded 7,113 new cases of coronavirus in 82 Russian regions, raising the official number of positive results to 613,994, with 8,605 dead. Most new COVID-19 cases (885) were registered in Moscow, raising the total number of Muscovites with confirmed COVID-19 to 217,791. In the meantime, a total number of 375,164 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.
  • President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Andrei Ignatiev, commented on the possibility of opening borders for Russians in July. «I believe that around the second half of July, aviation companies will begin international flights. At first, there will be a specific limited list of countries, but I think that tourists will take these flights,» he reported.
  • Travel search and booking service polled Russian users on whether they are ready to spend a vacation at a hotel, even the most luxurious one, but without leaving their territory. The study on social networks included 2,700 people. 64 percent of them do not agree on spending their holidays without leaving a hotel. The rest agree to spending a vacation at a hotel, but on different terms.
  • Qiwi Russian payment system analysed the dynamics of spending in Russia after the coronavirus pandemic harsh lockdown waiver that took place at the beginning of June 2020. Since June 8th, there has been a marked increase in the purchase of tourist packages after a sharp decline between March-May. From June 8th to 15th, the turnover growth in the category of tourist packages amounted to 172% compared with the results of the beginning of the month.
  • According to the survey held by Biletix OTA 87% of Russian travelers intend to resume travel in the second half of 2020. At the same time, 65% of them are ready to go on vacation, 21% would like to visit relatives and friends, and 7% are planning business trips.
  • The COVID-19 spread-prevention measures taken in Moscow were included on the list of world’s best practices for combating the novel coronavirus. This was stated in a BCG study published on Tuesday, June 23rd. The document says that Moscow was able to provide wide coverage and a large amount of testing at the initial stages and at the peak of the pandemic, which led to the low mortality rate from the disease in the Russian capital.



  • On Thursday, June 25th, Kazakhstan recorded 520 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive cases to 19,285,with 136 dead.
  • The basic conditions that need to be met for foreigners to enter the country were announced in Kazakhstan, including compliance with visa requirements, and that the foreigner must be a citizen of the country with which Kazakhstan resumes the direct air connection. Since June 20th, Kazakhstan has resumed international flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia and Japan.
  • To stop the spread of coronavirus, several large cities in Kazakhstan have installed roadblocks at some intercity connecting roads. Roadblocks have been erected at the entrances and exits of the cities of Kokshetau and Stepnogorsk, said the chief medical officer of the region, Ainagul Musina. «Only certain categories of people can enter cities,» she emphasized.
  • 71% of Kazakh’s believe that the spread of coronavirus is now under control. Such data was shown by a survey of the Central Asia Center for Business Information, Sociological and Marketing Research. The survey was conducted between June 8th to 15th and was completed by 500 respondents in all regions of Kazakhstan.


  • On Thursday, June 25th, Ukraine recorded 994 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive results to 40,008, with 1067 dead.
  • Foreigners entering Ukraine must have an insurance covering COVID-19 treatment, reported the Minister of Health of Ukraine, Maxim Stepanov.
  • On Friday, June 19th, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal said that a new wave of coronavirus infection has begun in the country. He urged Ukrainians to comply with quarantine restrictions. According to Shmygal, many residents of the country ceased to comply with quarantine rules, deciding that «the coronavirus has disappeared and there is no more chance of getting sick.»


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