Russian health authorities decreed a shutdown from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7 in a move to curb COVID-19 infections, it was announced, after 1,036 deaths in the last 24 hours were reported.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is lobbying the UK government to make mask-wearing on the Underground mandatory and required by law, which will make people feel safe travelling on public transportation.
Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling party and coalition had to declare by writing that they hadn't received money for consulting or procurement related to the Covid 19 situation, following claims several of them were involved in face mask purchases. Party officials said that all 240 conservative lawmakers had sent back their declaration as requested.
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera was slapped with a US$ 3,500 fine on Friday after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask as required during the coronavirus pandemic, health authorities said.
Pope Francis wore a mask for the first time at a public function on Tuesday when he and other religious leaders attended a prayer service for peace around the world. The pope wore a white mask during the service at the Rome Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Previously he wore masks only in a car taking him to his weekly audiences in the Vatican.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first public appearance wearing a mask on Friday after dismissing accusations of hypocrisy earlier this week for not wearing one.
A federal judge in Brazil ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public after the far-right leader repeatedly flouted the coronavirus containment measures in place in Brasilia.
Brazil's education minister has been fined for failing to wear a face mask at a rally for President Jair Bolsonaro, who has himself repeatedly flouted Brasilia's masks-in-public rule amid the coronavirus pandemic.