Russia tightens restrictions as virus infections, deaths rise

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Russia has imposed strict measures to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases and soaring deaths in the country, multiple news outlets have reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a nationwide ban on hospitality events and catering from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to CNN.

The Kremlin further called for the “strengthening of control over compliance with all restrictive measures” and “the introduction of a ban on the holding of entertainment and entertainment events and the provision of catering services from 23:00 to 6:00 in the morning” a statement published Monday said, CNN reported.

The country had already issued notices for the closure of restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and stores in Moscow for 10 days starting Thursday.

Putin also issued a statement last week saying people around the country will be forced to stop working from offices beginning Saturday to slow the spread of the virus.

Schools have also been shut down, according to The Associated Press, and restaurants will only be open for takeout or delivery orders.

However, stores and pharmacies will be allowed to stay open.

Russia was one of the first countries in the world to authorize a vaccine but only 45 million of its more than 146 million population are fully vaccinated.

Russia broke its daily COVID-19 infections and death record on Friday, reaching another grim milestone as the country continues to struggle to get the virus under control.   

“There are only two ways to get over this period — to get sick or to receive a vaccine,” Putin said last week, according to the wire service. “It’s better to get the vaccine, why wait for the illness and its grave consequences? Please be responsible and take the necessary measures to protect yourself, your health and your close ones.”

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