Moscow Metro busy despite first day of lockdown

Metro trains and platforms were crowded despite the start of so-called "non-working days" that are supposed to lower down the number of people going to businesses and stores.

The Russian capital brought in its strictest lockdown measures since June 2020 as hospitals confront a rising wave of coronavirus cases that has sent one-day pandemic deaths to record highs.

On Thursday the country reported 1,159 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, a fresh all-time high. The state COVID-19 task force also reported 40,096 new infections, 8,440 of them in Moscow.

The partial lockdown, in which only essential shops like pharmacies and supermarkets are allowed to remain open, while schools and state kindergartens are shut, comes ahead of a nationwide week-long workplace shutdown from Oct. 30.

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