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Older people in Moscow told to stay home for four months amid COVID surge

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People are seen outside a vaccination centre in the State Department Store, GUM, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Moscow, Russia January 18, 2021 REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The Moscow city government on Tuesday ordered elderly people to stay home for four months and told businesses to have at least 30% of staff work from home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Russia.

The new rules take effect from Oct. 25, it said in a statement. Russia on Tuesday reported 1,015 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day toll since the start of the pandemic, as well as 33,740 new infections in the past 24 hours.

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Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov;; Editing by Alison Williams

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