a Russia On Saturday (16) for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, 1,000 deaths due to Covid-19 in 24 hours, at a time when vaccination stagnated and there are no health restrictions.
According to the official government balance, 1002 deaths and 33,208 new cases of infection were recorded, which is two records for the third consecutive day.
The new wave of cases has arrived with only 31% of Russians fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to the Gogov website, which compiles covid-19 data from regions.
The lack of strict restrictions has allowed the virus to spread uncontrollably, although many regions have reinstated the requirement for health passports with QR codes to access public places.
The Russian government has ruled out significant restrictions, although the country’s vaccination rate is classified as “unacceptably low”.
The government announced this week that the authorities must ensure “the economy continues to operate”.
The government said Russia’s healthcare system was ready to accommodate the growing number of patients and insisted it was not “overburdened”.
The authorities blamed the Russians for the spread of the epidemic.
This week, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko criticized his “behaviour”, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said everything had been done to give Russians a chance to “save their lives by taking a vaccine”.
Russia developed its own covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, and the country launched a vaccination campaign that had limited resonance with a skeptical population.
Independent polls show that more than half of Russians do not plan to be vaccinated.
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Russia registered until Saturday 222,315 deaths due to Covid-19, the highest number in Europe, but authorities are accused of underestimating the numbers.
Based on a broader definition of virus-related deaths, the statistics agency Rosstat said on Friday that by the end of August, more than 400,000 people in Russia had died from the pandemic.
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