Because of a new high in the number of corona deaths in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has declared non-working days for the entire country.

Employees should therefore stay at home from October 30th to November 7th inclusive, but continue to receive wages;

Students have vacation during this time anyway.

In a video link broadcast live on state television, Putin agreed to a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova on Wednesday.

Now it is particularly important to break the new wave of the epidemic.

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Putin also emphasized the importance of vaccinating against corona and called for the expansion of corona tests.

“It's strange that well-educated people, people with advanced degrees, don't want to be vaccinated.

We have a safe and effective vaccine, ”Putin said.

“I urge you to go out and get vaccinated.

It is a question of your life and the life of the people who are close to you. "

Corona numbers higher than indicated?

In addition, Putin called on the regional authorities to assess the corona situation and, if necessary, to introduce non-working days as early as October 23 or beyond November 7. "Consult specialists, assess the situation," Putin urged the regional presidents. In the pandemic, the Russian president often leaves it to the respective responsible persons in the regions or cities to announce unpopular restrictions.

The number of corona deaths in Russia rose again on Wednesday by 1028 - a new high since the beginning of the pandemic - to a total of 226,353. However, the actual number of corona deaths in the country is probably even higher. The collection of the numbers by the Russian Corona crisis team does not meet the criteria of the World Health Organization. According to the staff, the number of corona cases rose to a total of 8,094,825 on Wednesday.

The Russian capital Moscow in particular has been hit hard by the pandemic. For five weeks in a row, the number of corona cases has risen by thirty percent, said Deputy Mayor Anastasija Rakowa in an interview with the state news agency TASS. "We have never observed such a high growth rate before." Rakova also warned: If the exponential growth of the corona cases is not stopped, the available corona beds in Moscow would no longer be sufficient in a few weeks.

According to an order from the Moscow government circulated on Wednesday, the city will go into a strict lockdown if the number of corona infections continues to rise.

Then restaurants, shops, museums and parks would be closed and non-urgent medical treatments would be suspended from October 30 to November 7.

The lockdown is expected to come into effect if the total number of new Covid-19 cases in the capital in the next seven days exceeds the number of infections registered in the previous week.

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