Russia reported 1,075 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, its fifth straight daily record, as the authorities prepare to shut workplaces countrywide and lock down the capital.
A record 37,678 new cases were also reported. Despite developing one of the world’s first vaccines against COVID-19, Russia has vaccinated only about a third of its population, one of the lowest rates in Europe.
President Vladimir Putin this week approved a nationwide workplace shutdown in the first week of November, and the capital Moscow will reimpose a partial lockdown from Oct. 28, with only essential shops such as pharmacies and supermarkets allowed to remain open.
Photo – Cemetery employees wearing protective gear bury a COVID-19 victim in the special purpose section of a graveyard on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, Russia. EPA-EFE/ANATOLY MALTSEV