COVID-19:

Russia reported record numbers of daily coronavirus cases and deaths on Thursday as Moscow shut down non-essential services for 11 days to combat the surge in infections.

Iran PressEurope: The government coronavirus task force reported 1,159 deaths in 24 hours, the largest daily tally since the pandemic began. The country's official death toll from the pandemic, by far the highest in Europe, now stands at 235,057.

To slow the spread of the virus, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a non-working period from October 30 to November 7, when most state organizations and private businesses are to suspend operations. He encouraged the most affected regions to start sooner, and some ordered most of their residents off work earlier this week.

Moscow followed Thursday, shutting kindergartens, schools, gyms, entertainment venues, and most stores, and allowing restaurants and cafes to only provide service for takeout or delivery. Food stores, pharmacies, and companies operating key infrastructure remained open.

The global death toll is 4,992,068 with 246,000,106 confirmed cases.

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