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Russians Go Back To Work But Virus Cases, Deaths Stay High

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People have a meal in a restaurant in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Russian capital had return to work on Monday after nonworking days due to coronavirus. Certain restrictions will remain in place, such as a stay-at-home order for older adults and a mandate for businesses to have 30% of their staff work from home. Access to theatres and museums is limited to those who either have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months or can present a negative coronavirus test. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

(AP) — Russians have gone back to work after a nine-day break that was ordered by authorities to tame a record-breaking surge of coronavirus infections and deaths.  Still, daily numbers of new cases and deaths have remained high throughout the non-working period.

Officials in the Kremlin said on Monday that it was too early to tell whether the measure had the desired effect. Russia has the worst coronavirus death toll by far in Europe and is one of the top five hardest-hit nations in the world.

Russia’s coronavirus task force reported 39,400 new infections and 1,190 deaths on Monday — numbers only slightly lower than records set last week.

 

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