Putin approves Russia's national week-long employees' shutdown

16:25, 20 October 2021
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a government proposal for a one-week workplace shutdown, the announcement was broadcasted during a televised meeting with Russia's government officials.

The measures starting from October 30 till November 7 could begin earlier and last further for certain regions to restrain COVID-19 spread as the authorities urge to persuade the public to get vaccinated. 

According to the Russian President, the salary for employees should be maintained for the entire period.

"Taking into consideration the current COVID-19 situation, I certainly support the proposals on the announcement of non-working days throughout the country, while maintaining wages for employees from October 30 to November 7 inclusive," said Putin.

Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, has already made an order to implement COVID-19 restrictions due to a record number of deaths from coronavirus infection - 1,015 in one day.

On Tuesday, Moscow authorities ordered those who are above 60 to work remotely and extended the compulsory vaccination for service employees as the country battles the COVID spread. 

The overall number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia has hit 226,353 since the pandemic began which is the highest in Europe. To date, only 32% of Russians are fully vaccinated with Sputnik V jabs despite constant authorities' appeals.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kremlin announced that President Putin would not fly to Glasgow for the upcoming climate change talks COP26. Russian President would attend the negotiations remotely, but as a no-show of some leaders of the main powers is a hold-up for Russian participation. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were also uncertain to take part in the event.

"He will also not fly to Glasgow, unfortunately," Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the reporters, adding that other Russian representatives would go. 

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is to be set in Scotland from October 31 to November 12.