Russians will have to self-isolate until May 11, President Vladimir Putin said, as the country braces for the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has infected over 95,000 people nationwide.

The move, which Putin announced during a closely-watched address, comes as the previous April 30 deadline is about to expire. The date was set on April 2, and involves a combination of partial lockdowns and paid holidays for all Russians working in non-essential roles.

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