A man in full PPE on his way to an ambulance

Russia implemented a national mask mandate on Tuesday as its COVID-19 cases rise, reports said. 

According to the Hill, health officials hope the move will slow down the surge in its cases that started in September. 

According to the New York Times, a top Russian health agency, Rospotrebnadzor, announced the new national mandate. 

However, it is not clear how Russia will implement it. 

The mandate requires everyone to wear masks in crowded public spaces starting on Wednesday, Voice of America(VOA) reported. 

Also, regional officers have to implement curfew in some of its establishments. 

For example, cafes, restaurants, bars have to be closed from 11 pm to 6 pm. 

Airport personnel in PPE deal with people arriving in Russia

According to Johns Hopkins University, Russia is the fourth country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. 

A lawmaker reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin that more than 50 members of Russia’s lower house have contracted the virus. 

In addition, dozens are currently in hospitals. 

Russia now has more than 1.5 million COVID-19 cases. 

It falls behind the US, India, and Brazil. 

However, it’s in 13th place when it comes to the numbers of death due to COVID.

The country also has its own candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

Last week, a video showing dozens of lined up dead bodies inside black bags made its round on Russia’s social media 

According to CBS News, an unknown man shot the video, shared it through Telegram, and said they belong to COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19, Under Control? 

Last week, after recording more than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, officials have announced that the virus is still “under control.”

On the same day, Russia also updated its COVID-19 information discouraging US citizens from visiting Russia, with a few exceptions.

The Friday report has been Russia’s 2nd highest reported cases of COVID-19 in one day. 

On Monday, Russia has reported its highest case in a day with 17, 347 new cases.

On Tuesday, when Russia announced the nationwide mandate of wearing masks, the country reported more than 16,000 cases.

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