Russia halted all worldwide flights from midnight on Friday beneath a authorities decree itemizing new measures towards the coronavirus outbreak.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the ceremony of presenting credentials on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, February 5. Photograph: Xinhua
The decree revealed on Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all common and constitution flights, aside from particular flights evacuating Russian residents from overseas.
Russia’s civil aviation company Rosaviatsiya will halt “common and constitution air journey from Russian airports to airports of overseas states and again,” in response to the decree revealed on the federal government’s web site.
The grounding began at midnight Friday, or 2100 GMT Thursday.
The nation closed borders to foreigners on March 16, whereas Moscow has imposed its personal stricter measures, requiring individuals over 65 to shelter at house.
President Vladimir Putin postponed a vote on constitutional reforms and urged Russians to remain house to comprise the coronavirus on Wednesday.
In a uncommon televised deal with to the nation, Putin mentioned Russia couldn’t isolate itself from the spreading pandemic however centered primarily on help for the struggling financial system.
“The well being, life and security of individuals is our absolute precedence,” Putin mentioned.
The vote on constitutional reforms, which had been attributable to happen on April 22, “have to be postponed to a later date,” he mentioned, with out specifying when.
He additionally took the weird step of declaring Saturday to April 5 a nonworking week with a purpose to gradual the unfold of the virus, urging Russians to remain at house.
“This can be very essential now to stop the specter of the illness spreading quickly,” he mentioned.
“This could have an effect on everybody. What is going on at present in lots of Western nations – in Europe and throughout the ocean – can grow to be our nearest future.”
He unveiled a collection of measures to help Russians and enhance the financial system, together with breaks on shopper loans and mortgage funds, help for small and medium-sized companies and early payouts of social advantages.
To pay for it, he introduced a brand new tax on curiosity from financial institution deposits above 1 million rubles ($12,800).
The coronavirus and a dizzying fall in oil costs have sparked a two-pronged disaster for the Russian financial system, with the ruble falling to its lowest ranges since early 2016, presenting an enormous problem to Russia’s financial progress.
Moscow will shut cafes, retailers, parks and different non-essential companies for one week beginning Saturday, its mayor mentioned Thursday, in an “unprecedented” transfer to battle the unfold of coronavirus. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who heads a coronavirus job pressure, advised Putin the precise variety of circumstances was in all probability “considerably” larger than official figures. “The issue is that the vol¬ume of testing may be very low and nobody has a transparent image.”
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