Moscow imposes partial lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases in Russia

Moscow imposes partial lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases in Russia

Permission has been given to shops selling food, medicine and other essential items to function during this period.

The Russian capital on Thursday imposed a partial lockdown following a nationwide surge in daily coronavirus cases and deaths. All non-essential services have been ordered shut for 11 days in order to tackle the surge in infections.

Russia today reported record increase in daily coronavirus cases and deaths - 40,096 new infections and 1,159 fresh fatalities were reported by the government.

In recent weeks, daily numbers of cases and deaths in Russia have seen the highest jump since the start of the pandemic.

Russia has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first few countries to come up with a coronavirus vaccine, Russia has itself struggled with low vaccination rates so far.

The authorities in Moscow have announced that all non-essential services will remain shut in Moscow till November 7.

Retail outlets, restaurants, and sporting and entertainment venues will remain closed. Schools and kindergartens will also remain shut during this period.

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Permission has been given to shops selling food, medicine and other essential items to function during this period.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin had stated that a nationwide paid holiday will be provided from October 30 to November 7 in order to curb the growing number of infections.

As of now, the Moscow authorities have refrained from issuing stay at home orders during the non-working period as announced by the President.

So far, Russia has officially reported an overall nearly 8.4 million COVID-19 cases and over 235,000 deaths.

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