March 12, 2020 / 4:29 PM / a month ago

Moscow region authorities suggest employees work remotely over coronavirus fears

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Authorities in Russia’s Moscow region of around 7 million people on Thursday recommended businesses introduce remote working for their employees as a coronavirus precaution, the Interfax news agency cited a statement from the regional governor as saying.

The measures do not apply to the city of Moscow, home to an additional 12 million people. But authorities there have banned mass gatherings of more than 5,000 people as they ramp up efforts to contain the virus.

Russia has suspended some flights arriving from countries where the virus is particularly prevalent, as well as ordering people arriving from those countries to self-isolate for 14 days.

From March 13, mass events with more than 5,000 people will be prohibited in the Moscow region, according to a decree, signed by regional governor Andrei Vorobyov.

Russia has reported 28 cases of coronavirus so far, though it says some people have since recovered and nobody has died.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth, Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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