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Russia closes workplaces for a week after Covid-19 deaths hit record levels.
Oct 20, 2021 | The NY Times
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With the death toll from the coronavirus continuing to soar, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin announced new restrictions on Wednesday, declaring that a seven-day period starting Oct. 30 would be a non-working week in Russia.

The measure is intended to combat the rapid spread of the virus in Russia, where deaths from Covid-19 have recently climbed above 1,000 a day..

The Kremlin has hesitated to impose unpopular restrictions because of economic fears and widespread public nonchalance about the pandemic.

The “non-working week” is a new and vaguely defined concept created after the onset of the pandemic. It is not a full lockdown; instead, nonessential workers are encouraged to stay home, while their employers are encouraged to pay them at least the minimum wage to do so.

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