The Russian government has ordered all cafes and restaurants to down shutters for a week from Saturday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Russian government also closed all cinemas, gyms, night clubs and other amusement facilities to avoid gatherings. In Moscow, the people over 65 years old are obliged to stay at home.
Russian regions are to "halt the activities of public food service organisations," except for delivery services, a government decree said. Russia reported 196 new cases of coronavirus, a daily record, taking its official total for those infected with the disease to 1,036. One more person had been killed by the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to four. T
he Russian government banned on Thursday all air traffic with foreign countries starting from March 27 to stem the spread of new coronavirus known as COVID-19.
Only charter flights, organized to evacuate Russians from countries, hit by the coronavirus epidemic will be performed, the government said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a national week off to slow down the spread of the infection, and authorities announced 163 new COVID-19 cases in Russia in the last 24 hours, bringing the figure to 658 across 55 regions, while two deaths were reported at a Moscow hospital.
COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 175 countries and territories. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic.