Russia orders bars, restaurants to close at night due to virus infections

Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on constitutional amendments that would allow the Russian leader to run again for president in 2024.

The Russian Government on Tuesday ordered bars and restaurants throughout the country to close from 11: p.m. to 6: a.m. as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a decree published on its federal health authority’s website, medical masks are now mandatory in all crowded public places, as well as in all means of public transport, taxis and lifts.

“The measures are imposed in connection with the continuing global spread of the novel coronavirus,” the decree said.

Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest number of recorded coronavirus cases, with a total of more than 1.5 million infections, has been posting record numbers of daily infections in recent weeks.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for observation of the precautions but has dismissed imposing stricter measures, such as another lockdown, which devastated the country’s already struggling economy earlier this year.

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