Moscow: Moscow went on its own lockdown Monday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The lockdown coincides with the start of a ‘non-working’ week declared by Russian Presiden Vladimir Putin last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked all citizens to stay at home,and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin began enforcing a strict lockdown for all city residents except those working in essential sectors.

“The extremely negative turn of events we are seeing in the largest European and U.S. cities causes extreme concern about the life and health of our citizens,” Sobyanin said.

He said an electronic monitoring system will be used to control residents’ compliance with the lockdown and warned “we will steadily tighten the necessary controls.”

Moscow, a city of 13 million, accounts for more than 1,000 of Russia’s 1,836 coronavirus cases and the numbers have been rising rapidly.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has told regional governors to prepare for the same strict lockdown as the capital.

TST