Businesses back in operation in Russia

Businesses in Russia have restarted, after a nine-day period of nationwide coronavirus restrictions came to an end on Sunday.

All businesses except those handling daily necessities shut down during the period.

On Monday, almost all restrictions were lifted in Moscow, even though people are still required to show proof of vaccination before joining events or entering theaters.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the coronavirus situation in the capital has stabilized.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, the daily numbers of new cases and deaths remained high at around 40,000 and 1,100, respectively, in recent days.

Parts of the country, including Siberia, extended the restrictions for another week or longer, citing high infection rates.

In Russia, only 34 percent of the population has been inoculated. There are plenty of mask-less people on public transport.

Some experts warn that the resumption of economic activities may lead to a resurgence of infections.