Moscow hospital overwhelmed amid record COVID deaths

This intensive care unit in Moscow's Hospital Number 52 is feeling the pressure, amid a daily surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

On Friday (October 22), Russia reported 37,141 new cases and 1,064 people dying in the past 24 hours - the fourth straight day of record deaths this week.

The surge has prompted authorities to reintroduce restrictions and renew calls for people to get vaccinated.

President Vladimir Putin this week approved a nation-wide workplace shutdown in the first week of November.

And the capital Moscow will reimpose a partial lockdown - the first for more than a year - from October 28, with only essential shops like pharmacies and supermarkets allowed to remain open.

Schools and kindergartens will shut too, while bars and restaurants will only open for takeaway and delivery.

The Kremlin has blamed the relentless rise in cases on low vaccination rates.

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