The Russian capital of Moscow has shut down all non-essential services as Covid-19 cases rapidly surge after vaccination efforts stalled.
Services such as retail outlets, restaurants, sporting and entertainment venues will be closed for 11 days along with schools and pre-schools.
The only services that will remain open are shops selling food, medicine and other essential items.
A record 40,096 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Russia today along with 1,159 fatalities, bringing the country’s death toll to 230,000.
Russia’s homegrown vaccine Sputnik V has not been very popular among Russians, who have been resistant to the vaccine.
Currently, only 32% of Russia’s population is fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a nationwide paid holiday between October 30th and November 7th in an attempt to reverse rising infections which led to Moscow authorities shutting down non-essential services today.
Russians have not been required to stay at home but have only been required to stay out of work during the 11-day period.
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