Moscow tightens virus lockdown with digital travel permits

Moscow authorities are issuing digital permits to reduce violations of the coronavirus lockdown as Russia on Monday reported more than 2,500 new infections, its highest daily rise yet.

Officials said that more than 800,000 passes had already been issued to people planning to travel by car or public transport ahead of the system’s formal launch on Wednesday.

But they said that hackers have targeted the mayor’s office website and applicants complained on social media they were not able to get a pass despite multiple attempts.

People will be assigned a special code consisting of a sequence of figures and letters — which can be printed out or received by email — if people report where they are planning to go.