Cases spike, Russia imposes new restrictions on activities related to COVID-19

Moscow authorities have announced plans to close all restaurants, cinemas and retail stores for 11 days from October 28, as the number of new cases and deaths from the coronavirus hit its highest since the pandemic hit the country.

The Russian government said its country’s coronavirus task force reported 36,339 new cases and 1,036 deaths in the past 24 hours.

All schools and kindergartens will also be closed during the period, and most government organizations and private businesses will also suspend their operations.

Restaurants and coffee shops will limit their services where they will only accept take-out orders. Shops selling basic goods and pharmacies are still allowed to operate.

Ahead of the enactment of the new rules, there was a surge in the purchase of airplane tickets. This led the Chairman of the Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko to suggest that citizens view the period of social distancing as an “extra vacation.”

The head of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin called on government employees (PNS) to set an example and immediately vaccinate against COVID-19. [em/lt]

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