Russia’s President, Mr Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered Russians to stay off work in April over the deadly coronavirus in the country.
This was disclosed in a nationally televised broadcast delivered by Putin in Moscow.
Russia has reported more than 3,500 cases of the new coronavirus, while senior officials have warned that the actual number of cases is probably much higher.
This week marked the beginning of a nationwide quarantine period, in which Russians working at jobs not considered obligatory for the functioning of the country were advised to stay home.
Supermarkets, pharmacies and certain state services have continued to operate during the quarantine.