Russian regions consider extra COVID curbs as deaths hit record

People stand in a line to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus disease in Oryol
People stand in a line to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a vaccination centre located at a shopping mall in Oryol, Russia October 25, 2021. Picture taken October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Several Russian regions said on Tuesday they could impose additional restrictions or extend a workplace shutdown to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases that has already prompted Moscow to re-impose a partial lockdown nationwide.

Russia reported 1,178 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, its highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic, as well as 39,008 new infections.

President Vladimir Putin last month ordered a week-long nationwide workplace shutdown from Oct. 30 that could be extended by regional authorities as they see fit. The Novgorod region has already announced it is prolonging the shutdown by a week. read more

On Tuesday authorities in the Pskov region, which borders Estonia, Latvia and Belarus, said the QR code system used to access certain public facilities would remain in place during the New Year holidays.

"It's possible that the use of the QR codes will be expanded and applied to other economic sectors," TASS news agency quoted Mikhail Vedernikov, governor of the Pskov region, as saying.

Authorities in three more regions - Komi, Amur and Ulyanovsk - said on Tuesday they could impose more restrictions if COVID-19 infection kept rising.

On Monday, Putin said Russia could need the army's help to build field hospitals for COVID-19 patients or provide support to civilian medical facilities.

The defence ministry released footage on Tuesday that showed military doctors treating COVID-19 patients at hospitals in Siberia's Khakassia region.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Gleb Stolyarov; editing by Nick Macfie

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