Moscow imposes partial shutdown as Covid-19 cases rise in Russia

Moscow: Moscow on Thursday have imposed partial shutdown following a nationwide surge in daily coronavirus cases and deaths. All non-essential services have been ordered shut for 11 days to combat the surge in COVID19 infections.

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

All non-essential services, including retail outlets, restaurants, and sporting and entertainment venues will be closed until November 7, along with schools and kindergartens.

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

Russia is among the nations worst hit by the pandemic, with more than 230,000 total reported deaths, but authorities have shied away from the kind of severe lockdowns imposed in Western countries.

President Vladimir Putin last week ordered a nationwide paid holiday between October 30 and November 7.

Russia has recorded nearly 8.4 million cases and more than 2,35,000 deaths till date.

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