(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.