June 13, 2024

Russia sets record for Covid-19 deaths in one day, sparking global alert for new pandemic wave

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São Paulo – In light of the progress of vaccination, many countries around the world are easing restrictions against the Corona virus, an incentive for residents to return to beaches, parks, shopping malls, cinemas, bars and even parties.

But an early return to normalcy comes at a cost with new waves of pollution. This is the case in Russia. This Tuesday (9), the country reached a new record of deaths due to Covid-19 in a single day even under strict rules to contain the infection.

Vladimir Putin’s government implemented a national holiday between October 30 and November 7 to keep people at home, but the tragic numbers continue to rise: There have been 1,211 more confirmed deaths in the country in the past 24 hours. Since the beginning of the epidemic, Russia has already lost 234,000 people and recorded 9.7 million confirmed cases, according to data from Our world is in data.

Between this Monday (8) and Tuesday, five regions of the country have already extended the holiday. At other locations, access to theaters, cinemas and restaurants was allowed only for those who had been fully vaccinated, had recovered from the disease, or had tested negative.

Only 34% of Russia’s population has been fully vaccinated, although the country, with a population of 144 million, is the leader in developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, Sutinik V. An immunizing agent has been developed, which is not approved in Brazil. by the Aesthetic Institute in partnership with the Ministry of Defense and launched in December 2020.

Putin’s government is trying to encourage people to accept the vaccine because the new outbreak is due to low vaccination rates, according to the local government.

In an interview with BBC Russia, anthropologist Alexandra Arkhipova, a researcher at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, explained that there is a mistrust on the part of the population about the medical procedures used in the country, which also end in the intervention. Using Sputnik V.

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The case of Russia is not isolated and serves as a warning for economic recovery plans in other countries.

Hans Kluge, the WHO’s director for Europe, said the region was once again the epicenter of the pandemic. Kluge said in a press conference that the transmission rate in the European bloc countries is very high. “If we keep track, we could have half a million dead by February.”

Among the reasons that may have led to the increased infection are lower vaccination rates, early resilience and circulation of new species, such as Delta – more transmissible and lethal than other breeds.

Regarding the low vaccination rate, some countries have taken more stringent measures. Such is the case with Singapore, which has announced that it will not pay for medical treatment for Covid-19 for those who decide not to receive the vaccination. This measure takes effect on December 8th.

In Brazil, the late-start vaccination has had its effect, at least for the time being: about 58% of the population has already been fully vaccinated, and for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, There were no deaths in Sao Paulo And in seven other states on Monday (8). However, Brazil accounts for just over 609,000 people lost to the coronavirus.

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