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Putin to leave Russian workers at home for a week as deaths rise

MOSCOW.

On Wednesday, a government task force reported 1,028 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. As a result, the total death toll in Russia was 226,353, the highest in Europe.

On Wednesday, Putin said he supported the government’s proposal to introduce a non-working period from October 30 to next week, when four days out of seven are already public holidays. He added that in some regions where the situation is most dangerous, the non-working period may begin as early as Saturday.

In some regions, the rise in infections forced the authorities to suspend the provision of medical care to the population, as medical institutions were forced to focus on treating patients with coronavirus.

Daily mortality rates from coronavirus in Russia have been on the rise for several weeks and for the first time over the weekend topped 1,000 amid low vaccination rates, weak public attitudes towards precautions and the government’s reluctance to tighten restrictions.

About 45 million Russians, or 32% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated.

Despite the fact that in August 2020 Russia became the first country in the world to sanction coronavirus vaccinations, and vaccines are abundant, Russians are hesitant about vaccinations, with skepticism attributed to conflicting signals sent by the authorities.

While glorifying Sputnik V and three other domestic vaccines, the state-controlled media frequently criticized Western vaccines, a controversial message that many saw as fueling public doubts about vaccines in general.

So far, the Kremlin has ruled out new nationwide isolation, such as the early stage of the pandemic, which dealt a heavy blow to the economy and undermined Putin’s popularity by giving regional authorities in the country’s 11 time zones the ability to decide on local restrictions based on their location.

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Many of Russia’s 85 regions already have limited access to major social events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other venues. Some have made vaccinations mandatory for certain government officials and people over the age of 60.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted the situation “very sad”, noting that the level of vaccination in these regions was particularly low.

In Moscow, however, life continues as usual: restaurants and cinemas are crowded, crowds fill nightclubs and karaoke bars, and commuters have widely ignored bans on the use of masks on public transport, even though in recent weeks intensive care units were filled.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Tuesday that unvaccinated people over 60 will be required to stay at home. He also told companies to have at least a third of their employees work remotely for three months starting October 25.

The government task force has registered a total of more than 8 million cases of infection, and according to official data on COVID-19, Russia is the fifth largest in the world in the number of deaths from a pandemic, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.

However, the state statistics agency Rosstat, which also keeps records of deaths in which the virus was not considered the main cause, reported a much higher death toll from the pandemic – about 418,000 people with COVID-19 as of August. Based on this number, Russia will be the fourth most affected country after Mexico.

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