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1,028 more COVID deaths in Russia as non-workweek considered

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By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s coronavirus deaths have surged to another daily record as soaring infections prompted the Cabinet to suggest declaring a nonworking week to stem contagion. The government task force on Wednesday reported 1,028 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. That brought the total death toll to 226,353 which is by far the highest in Europe. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova suggested introducing a nonworking period starting Oct. 30 and extending through the following week when four of seven days already are state holidays. The proposal is yet to be authorized by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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