Moscow orders all over-65s to stay at home excluding Putin

The mayor of Moscow has ordered over-65s to either stay at home or escape to their country houses to avoid coronavirus.

But the measures announced by mayor Sergei Sobyanin on his website would not affect 67-year-old Russian President Vladimir Putin because he 'works where he lives'.

Mayor Sobyanin said the elderly 'must comply with an at-home regimen' between March 26 and April 14 to protect them from the bug which has infected 438 people, mostly in Moscow.

The mayor, who has been tasked with heading Russia's overall coronavirus response, said: 'You may not like it and even oppose it, but trust me, it is dictated by sincere concern for you.'

The country has gradually tightened restrictions, halting cultural and sports events, switching schools to distance learning and closing fitness clubs.

It has also closed borders to almost all non-citizens.

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