Russia has confirmed the record-breaking number of 20 582 new coronavirus cases and 378 deaths.
Chinese authorities suspended entry for Russians with valid visas and residence permits because of Russia’s spike in coronavirus cases, the Chinese Embassy in Moscow announced Thursday.
- Russia has recorded almost 120 000 excess deaths since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, analysis of official statistics on fatalities published Friday revealed. Meanwhile, Russia’s federal statistics service (Rosstat) said a total of 9 798 people with Covid-19 died during September, the latest month for which figures are available. This was up from the 7 463 seen in August, which marked a lull in the number of reported infections across the country.
— Moscow schoolchildren in grades 6-11 will continue to attend classes remotely until November 22, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday. The measure was first introduced three weeks ago and, according to Sobyanin, has proven to be effective in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
— Sobyanin also noted that the coronavirus outbreak is "worsening" in Moscow despite the containment measures in place.
— The vice-governor of St Petersburg Oleg Ergashev said that coronavirus hospitalization rates in the city have reached 600 people per day, leaving available only 9% of all hospital beds allocated for coronavirus patients.
— Russia is set to miss the self-imposed coronavirus vaccination timeline. While the authorities have vowed to vaccinate a sizable part of Russia’s population by the end of 2020, issues faced by developers won't allow them to produce the required number of vaccine doses by year-end.