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Moscow restricts Easter week church service as coronavirus cases mount

Andrey Nikerichev/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Russia on Sunday reported 2,186 new coronavirus cases, the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, as authorities announced restrictions on Easter services to contain the spread of the disease.

Moscow and many other regions have been in lockdown for nearly two weeks, but the number of cases reached 15,770 as of April 12, while deaths rose to 130. The Russian Orthodox Church, which observes Easter this year on April 19, ordered churches in and around Moscow to close their doors to large groups during the Holy Week leading up to the holiday. Moscow authorities also clamped down on those venturing outside without a reason, such as to buy food or medicine, get medical treatment, walk the dog or take out the rubbish. The capital issued 1,358 fines for breaking the rules on Saturday, its coronavirus crisis center said.

Around 3.5 million people in Moscow, a city of 12.5 million, left their homes for more than 6 hours on Friday, according to a track analysis of their cellphones, TASS news agency reported on Sunday, citing the crisis center. 12 April 2020

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