Russia surpasses 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time – .

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Russia surpasses 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time – .


Russia surpassed 1,000 deaths in 24 hours on Saturday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with the country’s jab campaign at a standstill and few restrictions in place.

An official government tally showed 1,002 deaths and 33,208 new infections, setting a record for deaths and cases for the third day in a row.

The outbreak of the epidemic came with just 31% of Russians fully vaccinated on Saturday, according to the Gogov website, which lists Covid-19 data from the regions.

The lack of strict restrictions allowed the virus to spread unchecked, although a number of regions have reintroduced QR codes for access to public places.

The Kremlin has avoided reintroducing major restrictions despite the country’s vaccination rate being “unacceptably” low, saying this week authorities must ensure that “the economy continues to function.”

He also said the Russian medical system was ready to accommodate the growing number of patients, describing it as not “overwhelmed”.

Authorities blamed the Russians for the growing epidemic.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko this week highlighted their “behavior”, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said everything has been done to give the public the chance to “save their lives by getting vaccinated. “.

While several jabs developed by Russia have been available for months, authorities have struggled to vaccinate a population skeptical of the vaccines.

Independent polls show that more than half of Russians do not plan to be vaccinated.

The number of deaths from Covid in Russia now stands at 222,315 the highest toll in Europe even as authorities are accused of downplaying the severity of the epidemic in Russia.

As part of a broader definition of virus-related deaths, statistical agency Rosstat said that by the end of August, more than 400,000 people in Russia had died from the coronavirus.

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