Russia reinstates COVID restrictions amid record daily death toll – .

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Russia reinstates COVID restrictions amid record daily death toll – .


Moscow – With the number of deaths attributed COVID-19[feminine[feminine setting new records almost daily in Russia, the Kremlin accepted for the first time Tuesday a “share of responsibility” in the lackluster vaccination campaign of the country. Only about 32% of Russia’s total population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to official data, despite the vaccines being widely available since the start of the year. In comparison, about 57% of Americans are fully immunized.
Stopping the use of vaccines in Russia has kept hospitalization and death rates high. Russia reported 34,073 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, for example, and set a new record with 1,028 deaths. The UK, on ​​the other hand, where around 66% of the population is fully vaccinated, still has a very high daily case count – over 40,000 for about a week – but the daily death toll from the virus has fluctuated for decades. weeks around 150.

“There is a tradition of blaming the government for everything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “Of course, the government always feels and recognizes its share of responsibility. ”

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Peskov admitted that “not all that needs to be done has been done in terms of an information campaign on the lack of alternatives and the importance of vaccination”, but added that “a more responsible approach is required from all citizens of the country. ”

Distrust of vaccines is rampant among the Russian population, fueled in part by officials appearing on state television at the start of the pandemic and downplaying the severity of COVID-19.

The majority of regions in Russia have seen new cases increase rapidly since September, prompting authorities to revert to tighter control measures.

At a government meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova called on President Vladimir Putin to make the week of October 30 a “non-working” week, in order to keep people at home in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus. The Kremlin has said it is considering the notion.

The capital accounts for 21% of the more than 8 million officially reported cases in Russia. The mayor of Moscow has announced his intention to reintroduce remote working, as well as a vaccination mandate for workers in service industries, and other measures, starting next week. All employers will be required to have at least 30% of their staff work from home for the next four months, until February 25, 2022, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his website.

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Employees who have been vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID infection, as well as medical and other critical workers, will be exempt from the requirements.

According to Sobyanin, the number of new cases recorded in the Moscow region since the summer has quadrupled and the number of hospitalizations has tripled.

“I know how tedious and uncomfortable the current restrictions are, but there is just no other way to protect yourself from serious illness,” he wrote, adding a targeted appeal to Muscovites older people, who he said were reluctant to get the shots.

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A health worker transports a COVID-19 patient to Kommunarka Hospital in Moscow, Russia on October 18, 2021.
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“Please get vaccinated. This is how you will protect your health and be able to maintain your usual way of life, ”said the mayor.

The tightening of restrictions in the capital region comes as most of Russia’s 85 federal regions introduce vaccine mandates for various groups. Digital passes, to show vaccination or COVID test status via QR code on personal phones, are also required to access many public places across the country.

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