A medical worker in Moscow exits an ambulance on September 29. Pavel Golovkin / AP

The number of new coronavirus infections in Russia has exceeded 9,000 in the past 24 hours, for the first time since June 1.

The total number of cases in Russia rose by 9,412, the highest number of cases in a day since May 23, to 1,194,643, according to the country’s anti-coronavirus center.

The national death toll stands at 21,077.

In Moscow alone, 2,704 new cases were reported on Friday, according to the capital’s coronavirus headquarters. These are the highest official figures since the end of May.

Earlier this week, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced that from October 5, companies will have to enforce remote working for at least 30% of their employees, longer school holidays and citizens over 65 and people with chronic diseases will be allowed to isolate.

Sobyanin said Moscow authorities would tighten their scrutiny over how anti-coronavirus measures are being adhered to in the city, Russian state media reports said Friday.

“We have intensified the inspections not only in retail stores, but also in cinemas and theaters,” he told the Russian television broadcaster 24, according to the state news agency TASS.

He added:

And we have warned the heads of such organizations that epidemiological requirements will simply be closed if they are not met. The discipline in these places is much better now. We’ll keep an eye on that.

“I gave instructions to improve the control of hygiene compliance in all areas – construction, industry, commercial culture,” said Sobyanin. The authorities will penalize organizations and companies that fail to comply with the request for part of the staff to work remotely, he added.

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