Putin orders national mask mandate in Russia as coronavirus spikes in second wave

Putin orders national mask mandate in Russia as coronavirus spikes in second wave

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a nationwide mask mandate as a second wave of 코로나 바이러스 cases put the country’s medical system under a severe strain.

With COVID-19 cases rising at over 15,000 a day, the country’s health agency ordered all Russians to wear masks in crowded public spaces, including public transport, and in closed spaces like taxis and elevators.

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The agency also suggested that bars and restaurants close between 11 오후. 과 6 오전, 로이터 신고.

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus leave a subway in Moscow, 러시아, 월요일에. Despite the sharp spike in daily new infections, Russian authorities have repeatedly dismissed the idea of imposing a second lockdown or shutting down businesses after most virus-related restrictions were lifted during the summer. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus leave a subway in Moscow, 러시아, 월요일에. Despite the sharp spike in daily new infections, Russian authorities have repeatedly dismissed the idea of imposing a second lockdown or shutting down businesses after most virus-related restrictions were lifted during the summer. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The measures come as Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova on Wednesday told Putin and other senior government officials that the country is facing a critical situation as coronavirus cases continue to surge.

Golikova said hospital beds in 16 Russian regions were at more than 90% capacity, the outlet reported.

Doctors in the Kurgan region — 약 1,220 miles east of Moscowcalled on Putin to send help last week, saying there was a critical shortage of hospital space and staff, according to the outlet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, 러시아, 목요일, 10 월. 22, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, 러시아, 목요일, 10 월. 22, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

In response, the defense ministry said in a statement obtained by Russian news agencies that it will send army medics to help the region.

The death toll in Russia reached nearly 27,000 수요일에, 당국은 말했다.

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러시아, which has world’s fourth highest tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases, 와 1.5 백만, is still resisting a full second lockdown like the one imposed across the country earlier this year.

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