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.
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.
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.
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