The Russian health authorities have reported on Sunday that the country has passed the threshold of 230,000 deaths after confirming more than 35,000 new cases and more than a thousand deaths in the last 24 hours, very close to the record set the day before.

The national operational center for the fight against the coronavirus has confirmed 35,660 new cases and 1,072 associated deaths in the last day, only three less than on Saturday, bringing the total to 8.2 million cases and 230,600 deaths.

Most of the new positives were detected in the capital (5,279), St. Petersburg (3,297) and Moscow province (3,030), according to figures compiled by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.

This past Saturday, the governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, decreed the closure of restaurants, cafes and non-essential stores will be closed from October 30 to November 7, given the pandemic situation.

“From October 30 to November 7, the operation of retail facilities is prohibited, and the operation of restaurants is suspended, except for take-away and take-out restaurants,” according to the note published on the official website of the city administration.

Earlier on Thursday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin decreed ten public holidays between October 28 and November 7, in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. He thus supported the proposal of President Vladimir Putin, who has advocated adopting similar measures throughout the country.

To date, about a third of the Russian population is fully vaccinated, while several polls show that more than half of Russians do not plan to be vaccinated, a situation that has been blamed by the authorities as one of the causes of the spread of the virus.

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