In the Russian capital, the number of coronaviruses has far exceeded official figures, Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow's mayor, told President Vladimir Putin. As tests are rarely conducted for those returning from abroad, the number of people infected may be much higher than in the news. Russia has so far reported 495 illnesses and one death, far fewer than the larger Western European countries – writes Reuters.
Putin has previously said the situation is under control, but some doctors have questioned the extent to which official figures reflect reality. On Tuesday, the government closed nightclubs, cinemas and entertainment centers to slow the spread of the virus.