While most of Europe’s large cities are now under strict lockdown to prevent Covid’s spread, the biggest of them all, Moscow, is an exception. Instead of shutting down bars, shops and restaurants, a lighter touch has been applied.

On Thursday, the city’s mayor indicated that the strategy – a mixture of appealing to personal responsibility and ordering relatively small-scale restrictions, while also beefing up hospital capacity – seems to be working. Sergey Sobyanin told national TV that about 50 percent of Muscovites are now immune to Covid-19 infection.

“The current option for slowing down the epidemic is the restrictive measures that we are taking, and the second is population immunity, which all scientists and specialists talk about,” he explained, in an interview on ‘Rossiya-24.’

Research conducted in Moscow shows that about 50 percent of the population has an immune response to coronavirus: cellular immunity, antibodies, etc.

“[This] suggests that theoretically 50 percent of the population is already more or less protected from coronavirus, but no one guarantees that a second disease will not follow,” Sobyanin added. (RT)