Virus Deaths In Russia Hit Daily Record After Work Limits

Visitors sit inside a cafe in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. 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. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

(AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Russia have hit a new record  two days after a nine-day non-working period ended in most of the country’s regions.

The state coronavirus task force reported 1,211 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, Russia’s highest daily death toll of the pandemic. The task force also reported 39,160 new confirmed cases.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered many Russians to stay off work between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7. The daily tallies of new cases and COVID-19 deaths remained high throughout the non-working period. Officials in the Kremlin argued Monday that it was too early to tell whether the order had the desired effect.


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