May 14, 2020 / 2:23 PM / 12 days ago

Moscow to launch free mass coronavirus tests from May 15 - mayor

A social distancing mark is seen on a seat in a metro train during a partial lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will begin free mass testing of citizens for the coronavirus from May 15, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website on Thursday, with a target of 100,000 people a day by the end of the month.

Around 70,000 blood analysis tests will be offered every few days, in the initial roll-out, Sobyanin said.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Alison Williams

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