Monday, 28 Sep, 10.51 pm Republic TV

Russia Checks Public Compliance With Virus Rules

Russian authorities have stepped up measures and enforcement to tackle a surge in new coronavirus cases.

Controllers on public transport and at supermarket are monitoring if people are following government guidance such as wearing masks.

A community support service has been made available for people to order food, medication, pet food and firewood if they are self isolating in the countryside.

Russian health officials on Monday reported over 8,000 daily new coronavirus cases for the first time since mid-June.

The 8,135 infections brought the country's total to nearly 1.16 million, the fourth largest caseload in the world.

Almost 27% of Monday's new cases - 2,217 - were registered in Moscow.

The number of daily cases started to rapidly grow this month in Russia, which had earlier lifted most of the virus-related restrictions and resumed air traffic with several countries.

Officials have repeatedly dismissed rumours of a second lockdown, saying the growth in the autumn was expected and Russia's healthcare infrastructure was prepared for it.

Last week Moscow authorities asked the elderly to stay at home starting from Monday, and employers to allow as many people as possible to work from home amid the rise in cases.

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