COVID restrictions extended in parts of Russia

Several regions in Russia have extended restrictions on economic activities as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered businesses across the country to suspend operations from October 30 to November 7. The government asked people to refrain from non-essential outings.

But the government reported more than 41,000 new infections on Saturday, a daily record.

The surge has strained the health care system. More than 90 percent of hospital beds are occupied in some regions.

Eateries there will not be allowed to serve customers at the establishments for another week or so.

Many local governments will continue to require people to show vaccination certificates when they enter theaters.

Russia's vaccination rate is around 30 percent, and is said to be picking up. The government is continuing to urge the public to get vaccinated.