Russian region extends off-work order as COVID-19 cases soar

  • Ambulances are parked at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. To contain the spread of COVID-19. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a nonworking period from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, when most state organizations and private businesses are to suspend operations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW — Authorities in Russia’s Novgorod region on Monday ordered most residents to stay off work for one more week starting Nov. 8 as coronavirus infections and deaths remained at all-time highs.