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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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Sep 19, 2021 - World

Cuba becomes first country to begin mass vaccination of children

A child receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a school in Havana on Sept. 16. Photo: Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua via Getty Images

Cuba this week became the first country in the world to begin the mass vaccination of children against the coronavirus, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The effort comes in response to a recent uptick in cases, which led Cuban officials to scrap plans to reopen schools earlier this month.

Updated Sep 19, 2021 - Health

Footage shows new details after NYC restaurant incident over proof of vaccination

Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Three tourists were arrested after allegedly assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess when she asked for proof of their vaccination status before they could be seated indoors, the New York Times reports.

The latest: On Saturday, lawyers for the restaurant and the three women revealed that the tourists had in fact shown proof of vaccination and been allowed into Carmine's Italian restaurant, according to the Times.

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White House says Obamacare sign-ups hit record

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaking in the White House in December 2021. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that a record 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare marketplaces since Nov. 1, including more than 10 million enrollments through HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: Last year's stimulus bill contained substantial investments in the program, including increased subsidies for people who don't receive health insurance from an employer or through Medicare or Medicaid.

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