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A man in Moscow looks at craft beer. Photo: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization said in a new report that alcohol consumption in Russia decreased by 43% per capita from 2003 to 2016, according to the BBC.

Why it matters: Russia, which has been considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world, is simultaneously experiencing a significant rise in life expectancy as a result of the drop in alcohol consumption.

Details: The WHO attributed the decline in alcohol consumption to alcohol-control measures introduced under former President Dmitry Medvedev, including advertising restrictions and increased taxes.

  • Additionally, alcohol, including beer, can only be bought in shops or from delivery firms until 11 p.m.
  • Drinking alcohol on the street has been banned.
  • Russians are also actively adopting more health-conscious habits like their European and American counterparts.

By the numbers: Life expectancy in the country reached a historic peak in 2018, with men living an average of 68 years and women for 78 years. In the early 1990s, male life expectancy was just 57 years, according to The Guardian.

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.