Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has announced a set of measures amid a “sharply deteriorating” coronavirus situation in the Russian capital, including a week of paid leave for workers and a nightlife curfew.

Russia has reported 13,510 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with most of them occurring in Moscow, medical authorities said on Saturday. A total of 6,701 people got infected in Europe’s largest city, which is the highest daily number since January.

Several hours after those figures were made public, Sobyanin said workers in Moscow will get a week of paid leave in order to break the alarming trend. This means that the so-called “long weekend” is going to last from June 12 to June 20 in the capital.

The extra days off “will only allow us to cope with the rise in infections if every one of us will exercise maximum caution. And, of course, we need to vaccinate more actively to protect our loved ones and ourselves,” Sobyanin pointed out, adding that all vaccination centers will remain operational in the city. (RT)