Saturday, December 4, 2021

Russia’s COVID-19 wave hits new infection record

MOSCOW (NWN) – Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit another one-day record as the country struggles to contain a wave of infections that has continued for more than a month.

The National Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday reported 41,335 new cases from the previous day, higher than the previous daily record of 40,993 since October 31. The task force said 1,188 people died with COVID-19, just seven less than the daily death toll recorded on Thursday. .

Officials cited Russia’s low vaccination rate as a major factor in the sharp rise in cases that began in mid-September. The task force reported about 57.2 million full-course vaccinations, or less than 40% of the country’s 146 million people.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin ordered many Russians to be off work between October 30 and November 7. He authorized regional governments to increase the number of non-working days if necessary.

Several regions, including Novgorod in the northwest, Tomsk in Siberia, the Chelyabinsk region in the Ural Mountains and the Kursk and Bryansk regions southwest of Moscow, have extended non-working periods until the end of next week.

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Moscow’s mayor said on Monday the situation in the capital had stabilized enough for people to return to work. People from the Crimean region associated with Russia will also start working next week.

Some restrictions will remain in place in the Russian capital, such as a stay-at-home order for older adults and an order for businesses to have 30% of their employees work from home. Access to cinemas and museums is limited to those who have either been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months or may have presented a negative coronavirus test.

Russia has recorded more than 8.75 million confirmed virus cases and 245,635 deaths in the pandemic, according to the national task force, which counts only virus deaths.

Data from the State Statistical Service, which also counts deaths in which the virus was a contributing factor or was suspected but not confirmed, indicate that the virus’s impact is much more severe; Its most recent report tallied nearly 462,000 virus-linked deaths as of the end of September.


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