Russia reports more than 7,000 new cases

Eiffel Tower reopens after a 3-month break

Grave diggers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry a coffin while burying a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim in the special purpose section of a graveyard on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, Russia May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Russia on Thursday confirmed 7,113 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its tally to 613,994.

Officials said 92 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 8,605.

In the meantime the Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

Strict hygiene and safety measures have been put in place for the re-opening.

Visitors can access the 324 meters high (1,062 feet) tower only via staircases until early July, with elevators off-limits for the time being because of safety considerations.

Children cool themselves off in a water fountain near the Eiffel Tower during a warm and sunny day in Paris as a heatwave hits France, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

In addition, visitors are not allowed to go any higher than the second floor of the tower, and anyone over the age of 11 is required to wear a face covering.

Managers say they hope to get operations fully back to normal later in the summer.