While in some countries the number of cases and hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus is decreasing, the situation in Russia is extremely tense. Moscow has had its worst daily rate since the start of the health crisis, with 144 dead in 24 hours, the worst rate since the start of the pandemic in the country’s capital.
Already hard hit by Covid-19, Russia has come under even more pressure since the arrival of the Delta variant, a few weeks ago. According to the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, nearly 2,000 people are hospitalized every day because of Covid-19 in the capital. “We mobilized 20 thousand beds, of which 14 thousand are currently occupied. It’s a lot,” he noted on Saturday night television.
In recent weeks, the capital Moscow has reintroduced restrictive measures, such as the return of mandatory teleworking for some employees, the vaccination mandatory for service sector employees, or even the creation of a health pass to go to the restaurant.
General confinement, as in the spring of 2020, is not foreseen for the moment in the city of more than 12 million inhabitants. In other parts of the country, the situation is no longer serene. This Saturday, it was St. Petersburg, the country’s second-largest city and host of Euro football games, which registered record deaths with 107 deaths from coronaviruses in 24 hours.