Covid-19: Russia does not plan new restrictions despite an explosion of cases

With the arrival of the Omicron variant, the country is facing a surge in the number of cases.

No confinement for the inhabitants of Russia. The Russian authorities explained on Wednesday February 2 that they were not considering new restrictions against the Covid-19 epidemic, despite a spectacular surge in the number of cases in this poorly vaccinated country.

With the arrival of the more contagious Omicron variant, the country has been facing an impressive rise in the number of cases in recent days. On January 29, it crossed, for the first time, the bar of 100,000 new daily contaminations, according to government figures. On Wednesday, new cases reached 141,883, up from around 30,000 two weeks earlier. “The health system is holding up, mortality is not higher than during the periods we have gone through in the last two years“, Anna Popova, the head of the Russian health agency Rospotrebnadzor, told the Ria Novosti news agency.

Since the start of the pandemic, Russia has deplored more than 680,000 deaths, one of the worst tolls in the world, according to the specialized site Govov citing official statistics. But the authorities refused to introduce any new drastic confinement after the first wave in spring 2020, in order to preserve a fragile economy. Russians are more exposed to the virus due to a slow vaccination, with less than 48% of the population vaccinated, according to Govov.

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