Moscow (AP) —Russia reported a new record of daily deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday as vaccination rates were slow and authorities hesitated to tighten regulations.
The government’s Coronavirus Task Force has reported 984 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the best pandemic record. With 28,717 new cases reported Wednesday, the country has repeatedly recorded record daily deaths over the past few weeks as infections surged to near record highs.
The Kremlin attributed increased infections and mortality to delayed vaccination rates. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Tuesday that about 43 million Russians, or about 29% of the country’s about 146 million, were fully vaccinated.
President Vladimir Putin emphasized the need to increase vaccination coverage, but also warned that government pressure would force people to vaccinate. Experts believe that the slow pace of vaccination is due to widespread skepticism about the vaccine and disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
During the first months of the pandemic, Kremlin empowered local authorities to rule out new national blockades that severely crippled the economy and downgraded Putin and enforce coronavirus restrictions. Delegated.
In some Russian regions, participation in large public events is restricted, theaters and restaurants for vaccinated people, who have recently recovered from COVID-19, or who have been negative in the last 72 hours. , Access to other places is restricted.
However, in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and many other Russian cities, business is normal, mask obligations are loosely enforced, and life remains largely normal. In Moscow, authorities have expanded free coronavirus testing in shopping malls in the hope that it will help stop the infection.
The surge in infections put pressure on Russia’s health system and quickly filled hospitals. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said in a cabinet meeting Tuesday that 11% of Russia’s 235,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients are in serious or serious condition.
Overall, Russia’s Coronavirus Response Headquarters has registered more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and 219,329 deaths. This is the highest death toll in Europe. The state statistics agency Rossta, which counts deaths not considered to be the main cause of the virus, reports that the number of deaths from pandemics is much higher. About 418,000 people have died in COVID-19.
If that high number is used, Russia will be the fourth most hit country in the world during the pandemic, after the United States, Brazil and India. Even with low mortality, Russia only shifts to fifth place behind Mexico.
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