Russia logs record coronavirus daily cases, deaths

Russia reported more than 40,000 new cases of coronavirus infection for the first time on Thursday. The capital of Moscow is taking new measures to curb the surge, significantly limiting economic activities.

The country logged 1,159 COVID-19 deaths on the same day. Both the daily tally and fatalities are all-time highs.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin ordered businesses and other organizations across the country to suspend their operations for nine days starting October 30. He also encouraged the public to avoid nonessential outings.

The nonworking period began two days early in Moscow, where the cumulative tally of infections is the country's largest. All businesses there are shut except for food and daily goods retailers. Dining establishments can only offer takeout and delivery services.

Fewer customers were seen at a shopping mall in Moscow as many of its retailers were closed. The manager of the mall expressed hope for an early end to the difficult time, saying sales at its shops will undoubtedly fall.

The government has indicated that it may extend the nonworking period if the surge in infections continues.

It is also asking the public to get vaccinated against the virus. Around 30 percent of the country's population has been inoculated. People remain distrustful of domestically developed vaccines.