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Update – 28.05.2020

corona virus


  • On Thursday, May 28th, Russia recorded 8,371 new cases of coronavirus in 85 Russian regions, raising the official number of positive results to 379,051, with 4,142 dead. 42,5% of infected Russians had no clinical symptoms of the disease. The majority of new COVID-19 cases (2,054) were registered in Moscow, raising the total number of Muscovites with confirmed COVID-19 to 173,497. In the meantime, a total number of 150,993 Russian patients are known to have recovered from coronavirus. Russia is now the 3rd most-affected country in the world in terms of confirmed cases, after the USA and Brazil.
  • On Wednesday, May 27th, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin extended the regime of self-isolation until June 14th. Since June 1st, the mask regime will be tightened. When stepping out onto the street, people will need to wear a mask, including when they are engaging in sports. Gloves will also need to be used in public transport, at work, in shops, pharmacies and any other institutions.
  • On Wednesday, May 27th, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the easing of lockdown restrictions, beginning June 1st:
    • From June 1st until June 14th, Muscovites will be able to leave their apartments without a digital pass, for walks and sports in accordance with the schedule which will be published on the Moscow government website and on Yandex.Maps.service.
    • Non-food stores, dry cleaners and workshops, as well as car dealerships, are opening. Only a limited number of visitors at any one time will be allowed to enter shopping centres in Moscow.
    • Hospitals will start a gradual return to providing routine medical care.
  • On Wednesday, May 27th, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Moscow’s Mayor Sobyanin to support the regions and send teams of Moscow medical workers there. First of all, to Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, as well as the Trans-Baikal Territory. Sergei Sobyanin ensured the dispatch of medicines and medical teams from Moscow to the regions to combat coronavirus. The first crews were dispatched on Wednesday (May 27th) and Thursday (May 28th).
  • On Monday, May 25th Aeroflot Group announced the gradual re-start of operations in June. At this initial stage, the air carrier will focus on the resumption of domestic routes. From June 1st, Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary, Pobeda, will resume its flights around Russia.
  • As reported by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, international organized tourism is likely to be re-launched for Russians in September 2020. The forecast was announced by ATOR’s Executive Director, Maia Lomidze, with respect to charter flights. At the same time, there is a possibility that regular flights will be opened earlier in the summer, allowing Russians to travel by themselves as individual travellers.

Kazakhstan and Ukraine markets


  • On Thursday, May 28th, Kazakhstan recorded 272 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive cases to 9 576 with 37 dead.
  • On Monday, May 25th, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Eral Tugzhanov announced: starting from June 1st, in compliance with strict sanitary standards, hotels, sanatorium and recreation complexes of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kazakhstan, as well as resorts, medical and recreational facilities across regions will start to work.
  • On Friday, May 22nd, The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development announced the resumption of regular domestic flights at all airports in Kazakhstan starting from May 25th. All flights will be carried out in conditions of increased sanitary safety measures. This includes the mandatory use of masks, gloves, thermometry, social distancing before boarding, enhanced disinfection of airports and aircrafts.


  • On Thursday, May 28th, Ukraine recorded 477 new cases of coronavirus, raising the official number of positive results to 22 382, with 669 dead.
  • On Wednesday, May 27th, Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov announced that, starting from June 15th, Ukraine resumes international flights in accordance with the quarantine exit plan. However, Ukrainians will need to be in self-isolation for 14 days after returning home.
  • On Tuesday, May 26th, Stepanov announced some mitigation measures to bring the economy back to normal:
    • Starting June 1st,  pools and gyms will open and interregional transport will resume
    • Starting from June 10th, the fully-fledged operations of restaurants and cafes will begin, with visitors allowed in the halls, if the epidemic situation does not get worse
    • Attending educational classes in groups of no more than 10 people will be possible, starting from June 1st. For example, driving schools will begin work
    • Starting from June 1st,  rail transport and inter-regional road transport will begin.


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