Russian PM urges all citizens to stay at home, calls for tougher measures: Interfax

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin chairs a meeting on the development of the electronics industry and additional measures to support the industry in Moscow, Russia March 25, 2020. Sputnik/Dmitry Astakhov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Friday urged its citizens to refrain from traveling, with the exception of essential trips, asking people to stay at home in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Interfax news agency cited Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin as saying.

The number of cases in Russia surpassed 1,000 on Friday, a third daily record rise in a row, and Mishustin said tough measures were needed, adding that the more stringent changes in Moscow should be extended to other regions of the country.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams