Russia: new peak in deaths from covid-19

Russia again registered a peak of deaths and infections of covid-19 in the last 24 hours. It is the third time in the month that the country exceeded 25 thousand infections in a day. While the death toll reached 895 in the last day, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

Increase in cases

The spike in covid-19 cases in Russia in the past two weeks continues to hit new peaks. For four days, Russia has registered infections above 25 thousand cases. While the death toll increases with each day. Last Friday there were 887, on Sunday 890, while on the last day the national operational center for the fight against the coronavirus indicated that there were 895 deaths.

The Kremlin expressed concern although it has not yet considered carrying out a nationwide lockdown or other measures that are national in scope. In several regions of Russia, measures are in force such as limited attendance at mass events, as well as restricted access to public places such as restaurants, bars, theaters and cinemas for people who were vaccinated, who recently recovered from covid-19 or who have a negative test carried out in the last 72 hours.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Tatiana G√≥likova, “the average indicator during the last five weeks was 96.9 cases per 100,000 people. That is, 3.1 times more than in the same period last year “. Golikova noted that this trend is observed in 67 out of 85 Russian regions.

Moscow and Saint Petersburg

Moscow, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, was once again the Russian city with the most positive cases (3,827 cases) and with the highest number of deaths (72). New daily infections are four times higher than in the last month: they went from about 1,100 in early September to about four thousand this week alone.

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The capital is followed St. Petersburg, which reported 1,894 cases and 58 deaths. However, in some parts of the country, including the two metropolises shops operate normally and the mandatory use of a chinstrap is applied, although not strictly.

The increase in cases has already begun to be reflected in the health care system, according to local media The lines of ambulances that form in front of the hospitals in Saint Petersburg are getting longer., the second city of the country. While in the city of Vladimir, about 180 kilometers east of Moscow, an ambulance team had to take a covid-19 patient to a government building after failing to find a hospital bed.

Measures to increase vaccination

As the spokesman for the Russian government, Dmitri Peskov, assured the press that the main cause of the increase in deaths was “the insufficient level of vaccination”. “The virus is becoming more malignant,” said Peskov, who also warned that in general the unvaccinated are those who become seriously ill or die. “Most of the intensive care patients are older and the mortality of patients over 60 years reaches 80 percent”, lament.

The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobianin, informed local authorities that he plans to resume lotteries for citizens who have already been immunized to stimulate vaccination. In this sense, the Kremlin spokesman assured that to reverse these numbers “All the measures that increase the understanding of the need to be vaccinated are useful”.

Of the 146 million inhabitants of Russia, 33.5 percent received at least one dose of the vaccine, while only 27.4 percent have the full vaccination schedule. Despite low vaccination levels and rising infections, Moscow officials announced the closure of one of the most important vaccination points in the capital at Gostiny Dvor, a sprawling exhibition space that will now host cultural events.

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