coronavirus:Moscow threatens jail over self-isolation

Moscow city officials are threatening to jail anyone failing to self-isolate after returning from coronavirus hotspots.

The Russian capital’s government announced a “high alert regime” and said those returning from countries including China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and other virus-hit countries should stay at home for 14 days.

Anyone disregarding the rule faces up to five years in prison. Those in self-isolation would be checked through the use of CCTV, officials added.

There have been at least 15 confirmed coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far.