Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow’s mayor has ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. The national coronavirus taskforce reported 6,701 new confirmed cases on Saturday in Moscow, compared with 2,936 on June 6. Nationally, the daily tally has spiked by nearly half over the past week. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered enterprises that do not normally work on weekends to remain closed for the next week while continuing to pay employees. In addition, food courts and children’s play areas in shopping centers are to close for a week and restaurants and bars must limit their late-night service to takeout.