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A servicemember disinfecting a statue in Moscow on June 11. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Moscow's mayor ordered some workplaces to take a week off and imposed new restrictions on many other businesses on Saturday to help curb a surge in new coronavirus cases, AP reports.

Why it matters: The city reported 6,701 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and new cases nationally have more than doubled over the past week.

Details: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered businesses that do not normally work on weekends to remain closed for next week and closed food courts and some children’s play areas for a week starting Sunday.

  • The city also said it would increase its enforcement of mask- and glove-wearing on public transit, in stores and in other public places, according to AP.

The big picture: Though Russia was one of the first countries to develop and offer a coronavirus vaccine, many Russians have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

  • President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that only 18 million Russians — around 12% of the population — have been vaccinated, according to AP.
  • In total, Russia has reported 5.1 million coronavirus cases and 123,961 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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New York City revives vaccine passports

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New York City yesterday became the first city in the U.S. to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for indoor dining and other leisure activities, a measure popular among public health experts but previously squashed by political backlash to "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: Employers and now local governments are starting to ensure that remaining unvaccinated will have consequences for everyday life, testing the resolve of those who say nothing could persuade them to get a shot.

23 hours ago - Health

Biden to GOP governors who resist COVID rules: "Get out of the way"

President Biden speaks at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

Greece's artistic swimming team to miss Olympics after COVID outbreak

Greece's Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea and Evangelia Papazogloun the Artistic Swimming Duet Free Routine Preliminary of the Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Aug. 2, 2021 in Japan. Photo" Clive Rose/Getty Images

Greece's entire 12-woman artistic swimming team is out of the Tokyo Olympic Games due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the group.

Driving the news: Tokyo Games organizers confirmed Wednesday that five members of the Greek team had tested positive for the virus and that their teammates were considered close contacts.

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