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Russia imposes nationwide paid holiday to curb soaring Covid-19 cases

Russia has imposed new restrictions in an attempt to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths, being the worst-hit country by fatalities.

A total of 40,251 new cases of the virus were reported today, which is the highest figure for new infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Last week, President Vladimir Putin ordered a paid holiday from today until the 7th of November in an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19.

Authorities in Russia had been hesitant to impose strict health measures upon relying on the rollout of its homegrown vaccines to control the case numbers.

However, only 32.5% of Russia’s population of 144.1 million people is fully vaccinated, according to the latest government statistics.

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Russian authorities have been accused of downplaying the pandemic with Rosstat reporting that there have been nearly twice as many Covid-19 deaths when compared to government statistics.

IMAGE – “Vladimir Putin” by theglobalpanorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/”New York National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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