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COVID-19: Russia declares state of emergency

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has signed a legislation on Wednesday, allowing the government to declare a state of emergency and enforce a partial lockdown to contain further spread of the virus as confirmed cases continue to climb.

According to the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, a city wide quarantine and self isolation would begin on Monday with restrictions placed on movement except for those seeking emergency medical care or shopping for food and medicine.

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Meanwhile, tech experts in Moscow have reportedly developed a QR code system as well as a smartphone app to monitor covid-19 patients in isolation as new cases hit 440 on Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 2,777.

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