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Global coronavirus cases have hit record daily highs.
In the last week, Russia reported an average of 16,300 new cases per day, its highest seven-day average yet. Cases there topped 17,000 for the first time ever Friday. The US, meanwhile, tallied more than 83,000 new cases on Friday — the country’s highest ever.
Russia’s rising cases prompted Rospotrebnadzor, the government’s health and consumer rights agency, to issue a national mask mandate on Tuesday.
The new restrictions stipulate that citizens must wear masks on public transportation, including in taxis, as well as in parking garages, elevators, and any place where more than 50 people can gather, the New York Times reported. They also call for restaurants and entertainment values to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popovaza said additional lockdowns aren’t on the table for now. Russia locked down for six weeks at the start of the pandemic —…