14 Apr 2020 11:43

Six members of Jewish community in Moscow die of coronavirus over past few days

MOSCOW. April 14 (Interfax) - The Jewish community in Moscow has suffered first losses from the new coronavirus infection.

"I regret to have to inform you that six people have died over the past few days, and the organization of their funerals according to Jewish traditions is currently under way. Two of them were congregants of a Moscow synagogue and visited it for prayer and during holidays. Despite their old age and underlying illnesses, all of us hoped that they would overcome the virus and prayed for their recovery," Alexander Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), told journalists.

Another 20 members of Moscow's Jewish community have been hospitalized lately, while some patients who were infected in mid-March are recovering, he said.

"There have been no new infection cases among congregants of Moscow synagogues who have strictly observed the self-isolation requirements," Boroda said.