Coronavirus: Russia steps up restrictions as infections surge

Published:Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020 01:10

Coronavirus: Russia steps up restrictions as infections surge

Russia has brought in tighter restrictions to try to stem a surge in coronavirus cases, making the wearing of face masks compulsory in all crowded places including public transport.

Russia’s consumer health watchdog also advises regional governments to close bars and restaurants between 23:00 and 06:00.

On Tuesday Russia reported a daily record of 320 deaths from the virus.

Monday saw the number of new infections hit a record 17,347 over 24 hours.

The country has the world’s fourth highest number of Covid-19 cases after the US, India and Brazil.

Earlier this week the Kremlin warned that the coronavirus outbreak was moving from Moscow – which has seen about a third of all Russia’s cases – to other regions.