MOSCOW | Russia crossed Tuesday the milestone of 6 000 people died of the novel coronavirus, while the containment to stem the outbreak has been lifted to Moscow, in spite of thousands of new infections in the country.
According to the official figures, the total number of cases of COVID-19 in Russia has reached 485.253, including 6 deaths of 142 people. The country remains in third place in the world in number of infections.
These last 24 hours, the country has recorded 8 595 new cases, a figure that is stable for more than three weeks, and 171 deaths.
The capital city of Moscow remains the epicentre of the epidemic with almost half the number of deaths, even if the contamination detected on a daily basis have fallen from some 6 000 in early may to 1 572 Tuesday.
Based on these encouraging figures, the mayor Sergueï Sobianine, announced on Monday the lifting of the”self-isolation” at home set up end of march and plan to pass mandatory for all Muscovites.
Wearing a mask in the street, and the mask and gloves in the premises closed, and transport, remain, however, compulsory in the metropolis of 12 million inhabitants.
On Tuesday, under a bright sun and summer temperatures, the traffic jams were back in Moscow for the first time since the end of march, has found an AFP journalist.
“There are a lot of people in the street. It is a beautiful day,” smiles Olga Ivanova, marketing manager at 33 years of age, delighted. “I spent a lot of time at the dacha, while the month of may. But it was time to return to Moscow”.
In the chic area of Patriarshy Prudy, beauty salons and hairdressers have welcomed their first customers.
The timing of déconfinement of the town hall provides for a reopening-by-step — the 9, 16 and 23 June, shops, restaurants, services and places of leisure.
Critics of the Kremlin argue that the authorities expedite the déconfinement before the great military parade of June 24, in Moscow, commemorating the victory over the nazis, and then the referendum on the constitutional reform, the scheduled end of April, but postponed to 1st July.
The reform must include the president Vladimir Putin the opportunity to remain in power until 2036.
The Russian authorities explain the low rate of mortality due to a coronavirus by measures taken at an early stage, a policy of mass screening, and numbers not counting as deaths where the primary cause is the COVID-19.
Journalists and political opponents have questioned the sincerity of the official figures.