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Update – 30.04.2020

  • On Thursday (April 30th), Russia recorded 7,099 new cases of coronavirus in 85 Russian regions, raising the official number of positive results to 106,498, with 1073 dead. Almost half of new infected Russians (45%) had no clinical symptoms of the disease. The majority of new COVID-19 cases (3,093) were registered in Moscow, bringing the total number of Moscovites with confirmed COVID-19 to 53,739. In the meantime, a total of 11,619 Russian patients are known to have recovered from coronavirus.
  • Vladimir Putin has extended ‘non-working’ quarantine days in Russia until May 11th, followed by a gradual exit from self-isolation. As noted in his speech made on April 28th, ‘The daily number of new cases of coronavirus infection has stabilized to some point, but the situation remains very difficult. Scientists say that the peak has not passed yet’.
  • Russia will begin drawing up lockdown exit plans to switch the economy back on, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday, April 27th. In a meeting with ministers, Mishustin ordered various government departments to start working out how businesses could get back to work once the coronavirus pandemic becomes less severe.
  • Temporary hospitals under construction at key healthcare facilities for treating coronavirus patients in Moscow will accommodate 10,000 beds, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his VKontakte page on Wednesday, April 29th. According to Sobyanin, the decisions on Moscow’s bed capacity are being made by taking into account the city’s hospitals and federal and private healthcare facilities. “We decided that it would be possible to admit recovering patients to temporary hospitals under construction at major clinical facilities,” the mayor explained.
  • Russia will allow its nationals who hold second passports to leave the country amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a government decree issued Wednesday, April 29th. To date (April, 30th), Russia has allowed only foreigners to leave the country to return home as it grounded international flights and effectively closed its land border in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. The latest decree allows one exit through the land border for Russian citizens “who hold different citizenship, residence permit or other valid document confirming the right to permanent residence in a foreign country.”  It does not specify whether the permission for dual nationals to leave Russia is time-limited.
  • On April 25th, the Russian government announced a special grant for tour operators. This grant is available for companies that have provided tourists with refunds for what would normally be non-refundable tickets or used their funds for a repatriation flight. Rostourism will receive 3.5 billion rubles to cover these grants. Meanwhile, the majority of tour operators have offered deposit vouchers to their travelers as they aren’t able to provide all documents required to receive the respective grants due to the current situation.
  • Following a global trend, Russian leading tour operators have opened early bookings for winter and summer 2021. Coral Travel, Anex Tour, Pegas Touristik and Tui Russia have begun sales, offering maximum discounts for packages.


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