Moscow vs COVID-19
Up-to-date technologies help the city protect and support it’s residents amid the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more from a special project on
Moscow vs COVID-19
Up-to-date technologies help the city protect and support it’s residents amid the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more from a special project on
Top 3 cities on Coronavirus Innovation
Moscow has been ranked among top 3 in terms of innovations in the fight against COVID-19 compiled by the StartupBlink international analytical center, specializing in research of innovative ecological systems of various countries and cities of the world. Besides, Moscow is the highest-ranked city in Europe. This is mainly due to specific innovations that have had a global impact, such as the Sputnik V vaccine.
San Francisco Bay,
United States
71 initiatives
New York,
United States
67 initiatives
San Francisco Bay,
United States
71 initiatives
New York,
United States
67 initiatives
About the rankings
Back in March last year, StartupBlink in cooperation with UNAIDS, Health Innovation Exchange of Healthcare of the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS created the global map of innovative solutions — an open database of the best practices to fight the coronavirus in various cities and countries around the world.
Over the past year, the map has become one of the main platforms for the sharing pandemic response experience internationally between dozens of countries and hundreds of cities worldwide.
Current situation

Data for January 24, 2022

2 194 045

cases confirmed in Moscow

1 927 017

patients recovered

38 439

patients died

It is necessary to wear a face mask in shops, on public transport and in other crowded places.
It is necessary to wear a face mask in shops, on public transport and in other crowded places.
Visiting concerts and other entertainment and sport events with at least 500 participants is allowed for persons having QR-code confirming vaccination, document confirming negative PCR test or document confirming recovering from COVID-19. Organizers of events with fewer than 500 participants are recommended to take similar measures.
Persons aged 60 years and above and those with chronic diseases, not vaccinated and who did not suffer COVID-19, must comply with lockdown restrictions. Free travel on public transport for them is suspended.
Entering museums and theaters only by QR-code and wearing facemask. The allowed attendance of the premises is up to 70 percent.

Until February 25, 2022:

Until February 25, 2022:

Muscovites of risk groups (aged 60 years and older and those with chronic diseases) shall stay at home or in the countryside. They can go out to the store, for a walk, to see a doctor in the clinic and in other cases of emergency.
Minimum 30 percent of Moscow enterprises staff shall operate remotely as well as all employees aged 60 years and older and those having chronic diseases (except vaccinated against COVID-19 and those recovered after this disease).
Enterprises providing services are required to ensure at least 80 percent of staff be vaccinated by January 1, 2022.
Mass vaccination
Moscow is the first city in the world to start free mass coronavirus vaccination
Foreigners who live and work here can also get jabbed now
Learn more
Moscovites can register for a vaccine online in just a few clicks over the phone. Or get vaccinated without registration at shopping malls and other popular places throughout the city, from 10:00 to 21:00 on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Moscow is the first city in the world to start free mass coronavirus vaccination
Foreigners who live and work here can also get jabbed now
Learn more
Moscovites can register for a vaccine online in just a few clicks over the phone. Or get vaccinated without registration at shopping malls and other popular places throughout the city, from 10:00 to 21:00 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Vaccination of foreign citizens

Only the foreign citizens who work or live here permanently are entitled to vaccination against COVID-19.

Vaccination of foreign citizens

Only the foreign citizens who work or live here permanently are entitled to vaccination against COVID-19.
Foreign citizens can be vaccinated at:
«Luzhniki» (walk-in)
Big Sports Arena, Sector D, staircase 7−8, from 08:00 to 10:00
See on the map
In 25 out-patient clinics
Appointments are made by phone (from 08:00 to 20:00)
See out-patient clinics
Hospital GP No. 62, affiliated branch No. 5
37 Planetnaya Street
+7 (499) 152-41-40

Consultation and Diagnostic Clinic KDTs No. 6
49B Keramicheskiy proezd
+7 (499) 481-11-38,
+7 (925) 596-94-91

Diagnostic center DTs No. 5
16 Abramtsevskaya street
+7 (499) 229-22-73*1

Hospital GP No.209, affiliated branch No. 1
7 Kremenchugskaya street, Bld. 1
+7 (495) 932-20-27

Hospital GP No.209, affiliated branch No. 3
34 Veernaya Street
+7 (495) 932-20-27

Hospital GP No. 8
16 Olympic village, Bld. 1
+7 (495) 231-01-25

Hospital GP No. 2
12 Fruktovaya Street
+7 (499) 317-00-45,
+7 (903) 189-17-18

Hospital GP No.2, affiliated branch No. 4
Severnoye Chertanovo, Bld. 805
+7 (495) 317-00-45,
+7 (903) 189-17-18

Hospital GP No. 109
4 Guryanova Street, Bld. 3
+7 (499) 638-31-08

Hospital GP No. 214
14 Eletskaya Street
+7 (499) 782-77-54

Diagnostic center DTs. 3, affiliated branch No. 3
3 Tamozhennyi lane
+7(499) 638−36−50 (ext. 3)

Diagnostic center DTs. 3, affiliated branch No. 4
9 Volzhsky boulevard
+7 (499) 638-36-50 (ext. 4)

Hospital GP No. 175
16 Chelyabinskaya Street
+7 (495) 918-88-86

Hospital GP No.175, affiliated branch No. 1
5 Stary Gai Street
+7 (495) 375-68-92

Hospital GP No.175, affiliated branch No. 2
30 Sirenevyi boulevard
+7 (495) 465-96-14

Hospital GP No.175, affiliated branch No. 4
91A Izmailovsky prospect
+7 (495) 465-29-62

Hospital GP No.175, affiliated branch No. 5
2 Zapadnaya Street
+7 (499) 780-17-52

Hospital GP No. 3
22/26 Ermolaevsky lane
+7 (495) 650-00-02

Hospital GP No.3, affiliated branch No. 1
3 Bolshaya Bronnaya Street
+7 (495) 650-00-02

Hospital GP No. 46
17A Kazakova Street
+7 (499) 638-33-46
+7 (968) 704-46-46

Hospital GP No. 68
22 Malaya Yakimanka street, Bld. 1
+7 (915) 050-13-83

Hospital GP No.68, affiliated branch No. 1
23 Bolshoi Strochenovskiy lane
+7 (915) 050-13-83

Municipal hospital GB Kuznechiki, outpatient department Krasnaya Pakhra
17 Zavodskaya Street, village Krasnaya Pakhra, settlement Krasnopakhorskoye
+7 (985) 440-32-17

Municipal hospital GB Kuznechiki, outpatient department Klenovo
5 Michurina Street, village Klenovo, settlement Klenovskoye
+7 (985) 440-32-17

Municipal hospital GB Kuznechiki, outpatient department Shishkin Les
Village Shishkin Les, Bld. 32, Settlement Mikhailovo-Yartsevskoe
+7 (985) 440-32-17
Produce your passport and one of the following documents (labor patent, residence permit, or temporary residence permit).

The cost of vaccination for one person is RUB 1,300 (one shot). Hard cash is not accepted.
Produce your passport and one of the following documents (labor patent, residence permit, or temporary residence permit).

The cost of vaccination for one person is RUB 1,300 (one shot). Hard cash is not accepted.

Free treatment

> 1.5 million

lives saved by Moscow doctors. Big data and artificial intelligence help them choose a treatment strategy.


days took to build the Voronovskoe Moscow Infectious Disease Clinical Centre. It opened at the very start of the pandemic.

70 000

coronavirus tests are made in Moscow every 24 hours.


24/7 computed tomography pneumonia diagnostic centers are working throughout the city.

Coronavirus and immunity tests for everyone

Coronavirus and immunity tests for everyone

Everyone can have a free coronavirus or antibody test (Moscow mandatory medical insurance is necessary). These tests can be taken in all administrative districts of Moscow. One can apply for a test on

Arrangement of hospitals within the shortest possible time

Arrangement of hospitals within the shortest possible time

Moscow was fast to deploy a network of hospitals for COVID-19 patients at the start of the pandemic. For example, the hospital in Kommunarka was transformed in just a few days. For this purpose, they quickly prepared sanitary checkpoints and gateways, deployed 802 beds and five intensive care units for 128 patients. A little later, they arranged a reserve hospital to increase total treatment capacity to two thousand people. The medical center in Kommunarka is the first and most famous coronavirus hospital in Russia.
In April 2020 it took 37 days to build a hospital for 800 patients in Voronovskoe settlement. It is meant for coronavirus patients: division into “clean” and “dirty” zones, disinfection and air decontamination system, the largest intensive care unit, oxygen supplied to each hospital bed. Once pandemic is over doctors will be treating any types of infections here. Despite the record-breaking construction time, the buildings are designed for several decades.
Inpatient departments at 66 federal, municipal and private clinics were promptly deployed to treat COVID-19 patients. Reserve and temporary hospitals were prepared at exhibition centers, malls and stadiums. They are no different from permanent healthcare facilities in terms of their capabilities. When the number of cases decreased some of them were closed, while hospitals resumed their routine care.
Artificial intelligence for diagnostic purposes
Moscow doctors together with researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University developed the so-called «CT (Computed Tomography) calculator» to assess the degree of lung damage. This technology makes a decision based on a huge set of lung images accumulated by Moscow radiologists. Artificial intelligence predicts the likelihood of pneumonia and helps doctors decide on a treatment strategy. Doctors from other regions of Russia have access to this technology too.
Online patient card
Coronavirus test results are recorded in an electronic patient card. Both the doctor and the patient can see them there.
Convalescent plasma to treat others
Moscow residents who recovered from COVID-19 and developed immunity can help others by donating anti-COVID-19 plasma. Transfusion of plasma with coronavirus antibodies is used at all hospitals of the city together with other coronavirus treatment methods. In the autumn of 2020, the Coronavirus Clinical Management Committee included it in the list of the single standard of care.
Free medicines
Patients who undergo COVID-19 treatment at home receive all the medicines they need.
Online services
Thanks to technologies, many things became available in just a few clicks, from home, on a 24/7 basis. This helped preserve the quality of people’s life during the at-home regimen in the spring of 2020.

What Moscow residents can do online:

What Moscow residents can do online:

Study at school

Apply for coronavirus diagnostics and vaccination

Apply for benefits or get other government services

Watch stage plays, attend exhibitions and lectures, do sports

Check how mild coronavirus patients are doing and prescribe treatment

Make sure that infected people stay at home

Doctors will be monitoring patients 24/7. There is a special telemedicine center arranged. Using audio and video online communication, doctors consult, examine patient’s condition and give advice. Patients receive a self-monitoring checklist to record symptoms daily and discuss them with their doctors. If you get worse, dial 103 to call an ambulance.
Online state services
Moscow is the first in the UN ranking of the level of electronic service provision to citizens. The main city services are now available online through all you need to do is just create a personal account. Electronic services save Moscow residents’ time by almost 100 million hours a year.
Online education
Lessons at Moscow schools were not interrupted even during the pandemic. They managed to establish a distance learning system in just one week in March 2020. Lessons were held in such a way till the end of the academic year. 

Schoolchildren without their own gadgets were provided with laptops and tablets: over 18 thousand children received them. The main training resource was Moscow Electronic School. This is an online platform with over 53 thousand scripts of lessons for all classes and all subjects, 1.7 thousand study guides, virtual labs, tests and everything you need for the training process.
Automated control over staying at home for infected people
Patients with a mild form of disease can receive treatment at home. At the same time, they need to comply with the self-isolation regime. The Social Monitoring mobile app records their phone location and sends a request to take a photo several times a day to make sure that the user is next to the phone. All people with a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus infection and those who live with such patients must install this app. This control gives Moscow residents confidence that coronavirus patients stay at home and do not expose others to danger.
Check-in systems to control COVID-19 spread
Service organizations are recommended to use check-in systems for visitors and employees. Visitors must scan the QR code or send an SMS to 7377 at the entrance. Visitors will receive confirmation to enter that must be shown to the security guard at the entrance to the bar. This is necessary to alert visitors about the possible risk of contracting COVID-19. If any visitors are found to have the coronavirus, others will be notified that they must get tested immediately.
Moscow culture online
Many online cultural resources offer users free access, while makes a pick of and collects the broadcasts, recordings and reviews of frontline events, making them available to viewers at home. A huge benefit of the online cultural platform is that access to it and the broadcasts of all events will always be free. You will be able to view video versions of stage plays, concerts, exhibitions and film premieres, take virtual tours to museums and parks and enjoy other exciting events.

Besides, there is the Moscow Longevity project for older Moscow residents. Free sports, intellectual and creative groups and sections are available there. The classes are held online amid the pandemic.
COVID-19 Information Centre
The Governments of Russia and Moscow created a single COVID-19 Information Centre. It provides complete and reliable information on the Coronavirus spread in Russia and steps to combat the infection, develops response measures for the authorities to provide, refutes fake information, and transmits recommendations to the regions based on positive experience in combating COVID-19 in Moscow. Learn more about the efforts made by the Russian Government to combat the spread of the coronavirus here.

Social support

17 billion rubles was spent to support the unemployed in 2020
Doctors who help coronavirus patients receive additional wage incentives
Moscow’s heating season started ahead of schedule on 28 September, so that self-isolated people feel comfortable staying at home
Incentives for doctors
Healthcare professionals working at coronavirus hospitals receive additional monthly payments from the Moscow Government: from 30 to 70 thousand rubles, depending on their position. In addition, health workers who help diagnose and treat COVID-19 and are in contact with such patients receive special payments from the Russian Government.
Additional unemployment benefits
The coronavirus pandemic became the most serious challenge for the capital city’s labour market over the past 30 years. Many people lost their jobs after restrictions were imposed on businesses. Moscow increased unemployment benefits to support the unemployed. One was able to apply for this payment online without leaving one’s home. The employment service continued to employ people even during the most difficult months. 177 thousand people were provided with jobs in 2020.
Support for Muscovites who stay at home
Older Moscow residents, people with chronic diseases as well as pregnant women can order delivery of groceries, medicines, medical devices, pet food and other essential goods by phone at +7 (495) 870-45-09. Social workers will complete their order. The same telephone number can be used for psychological counselling and support.
Assistance for families with children and other measures
The unemployed will shortly begin receiving monthly child support benefits worth of 3,000 rubles. This money will supplement the federal and regional unemployment benefits. Benefits for low-income families with children aged 3 to 7 were raised in Moscow to 7,613 rubles per month. This amount will continue to be paid after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Besides, the city supports low-income families with children, disabled people and other people in need. Many state services can be received online. comprises almost 400 electronic services.

Business support

Moscow approved five packages of business support measures in 2020. Some of them were extended to 2021
90 billion rubles is the total available funding of the support system, which was urgently worked out to help Moscow entrepreneurs
Electronic support measure selection assistant
The city of Moscow launched a service for automatic selection of effective federal and municipal support measures for people and entrepreneurs. This support means subsidies, lending assistance, rental benefits, tax deferral, etc. In total, 25 measures were developed.
Moscow Innovation Cluster
Moscow universities, sectoral institutions, commercial companies and other platforms are prepared to make their infrastructure available for the pilot testing of innovatory products in real or true to life conditions. Applications can be filed at:

About the virus

What are the symptoms?

What are the symptoms?



Breathing difficulty

Do you have similar symptoms?
Avoid self-medication. At an early stage, coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of common cold or seasonal allergies. Even minor symptoms, including cough, runny nose, fever, and others, can speak for infection. Stay at home and call a doctor from your clinic or dial 103.

Patients with common cold symptoms are potential virus carriers, so they must self-isolate. Their household members should also stay at home, but they can go out to the nearest store or pharmacy, walk the dog, take out garbage, or if they seek emergency medical care or there is a direct threat to their life and health. These measures were introduced by the Moscow Mayor decree.
How to prevent coronavirus?
  • Keep your hands clean, and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands (usually we do this unconsciously 15 times an hour on average).

  • Public transit passengers in Moscow are required to wear masks and gloves. These items are on sale in the metro. Masks and gloves must be worn in shops and in shopping centres/malls. 

  • Single-use surgical masks cannot be reused, while reusable masks must be changed every two or three hours, washed and steam ironed.
About vaccine
Sputnik V is a biotechnologically-produced vaccine based on a state-of-the-art technological platform and developed by Russian scientists. It does not contain any coronavirus strains and is thus safe. It is based on special structures developed in vitro called carrier vectors that contain only part of the virus' genetic material. When it is introduced into the blood stream, the body develops an immune response to the virus.
People aged 18 and over who work in the following fields and organizations can get vaccinated
  • sole traders, their employees and self-employed individuals
  • research and development
  • information technology and telecommunications
  • private and non-profit social services organisations
  • real estate and property management
  • hotels, tour agencies and other organisations providing tourism services
  • banking and financial sector
  • executive bodies and government agencies of the federal, regional and municipal levels
  • medicine (public and private sectors)
  • education (public and private sectors)
  • culture (public and private sectors)
  • retail and services
  • city social services
  • My Documents government service centres
  • industry
  • transport
  • energy
  • mass media
  • public catering
  • housing and utilities
  • sports
  • law enforcement agencies and bodies
  • non-profit organisations
  • religious organisations
  • construction industry
  • volunteers
Residents of Moscow and other Russian towns and cities are invited to take part in the international clinical trial of the Sputnik Light vaccine developed to prevent COVID-19. Three thousand volunteers will be recruited. Any full-aged citizen of the Russian Federation can participate in the study, provided he/she has no contraindications.

The medication was created in the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Ministry of Health on the basis of the safe two-phase vaccine Sputnik V. The advantages of the new vaccine are that only one vaccination will be required, and antibodies will begin to form within a week and will reach their maximum four weeks after vaccination.
Mandatory workplace requirements
  • People with a fever or flu symptoms must be barred from the workplace. After recovering from an illness, employees must present a temporary disability certificate or a doctor's note.
  • All employees will have their temperature taken when they arrive at work, and at least once every four hours.
  • Employees must wear gloves and masks, except when working in an office alone; providing a hand sanitizer is recommended.
  • Companies must ensure social distancing among employees and monitor their health. Separators must be installed if ensuring social distancing between work stations is impossible.
  • Industrial companies will have to test at least 10 percent of their staff for coronavirus by 31 May and carry out testing at the same rate every 15 days beginning 1 June.
  • If your employees live in an employer-provided dormitory and one person tests positive for the coronavirus, any employee who came in contact with the infected person must be isolated.

The Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare will oversee compliance with these requirements.