Like many countries around Europe, Russia has reached a spike in new Covid-19 infections, with 13,868 new cases on October 13th, which is even higher than some of the previously high infection rates in May, earlier this year. However, although the government has introduced distance work for 30% of Moscow employees and a push to encourage people to wear marks and gloves, no national lock down is expected.

In parallel, more Russian airports are opening up for international flights and consumer confidence in international travel as soon as the borders are opened again remains positive. Business travel spend is slowly recovering.

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Helene Lloyd

14 October 2020, Moscow

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