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Virus deaths record for the third time this month in Russia

MOSCOW (WNN) — Russia’s coronavirus death toll hit a record for the third time this month on Tuesday, and new infections once again exceeded 25,000 — growth in the country’s vaccination rate remains stagnant and the government imposes tough restrictions to prevent the spread.

Russia’s state coronavirus task force on Tuesday reported 25,110 new confirmed cases and 895 new deaths – the country’s highest daily death toll in the pandemic. This month, the death toll was recorded every other day: the previous record of 890 deaths was recorded on Sunday, and the previous record of 887 deaths was recorded on Friday.

The Kremlin has said the situation is a matter of concern, but it is still not considering a nationwide lockdown or any other nationwide measures.

Mass events have limited attendance in many Russian regions and limited access to certain public places, such as theatres, cinemas, restaurants and bars, only for those who have been vaccinated, have recently recovered from COVID-19 or In the last 72 have tested negative. hours. But critics argue that these measures are not enough to slow the boom.

In some areas of the country, including Moscow and St Petersburg, life remains largely normal, with businesses operating as normal and masks mandatorily in place.

Meanwhile, Russia’s vast, yet critically underfunded health care system has begun to show signs of being overwhelmed by the outbreak.

Russian media have reported long lines of ambulances once again forming in front of hospitals in St Petersburg, the country’s second largest city, and a desperate ambulance crew in the city of Vladimir, 180 kilometers (about 110 miles) east of Moscow. COVID is driving. -19 The patient was taken to the local government building after not getting a hospital bed for him.

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Officials have blamed less vaccine uptake. As of last week, 33.5% of Russia’s 146 million population have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine, and only 27.4% have been fully vaccinated. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attributed the slow pace of the vaccination campaign to “an insufficiently active campaign stating that there are no alternatives to vaccination”.

Despite rising infections, authorities in Moscow on Monday announced the closure of the largest vaccination point in the Russian capital Gostiny Dvor, a sprawling exhibition space, to enable “cultural events” to be held there.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin promised to introduce free rapid coronavirus testing in malls and government service centers. Daily new infections in the Russian capital have nearly quadrupled over the past month, rising from about 1,100 in early September to nearly 4,000 this week.

In total, Russia’s coronavirus task force has reported more than 7.6 million confirmed cases and nearly 212,000 deaths. However, Russia’s state statistical service Rosstat reports that deaths linked to the coronavirus retrospectively have a much higher mortality rate.

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