Finally: the local authorities of the Russian capital Moscow enforces lockdown From Thursday 28 October to 7 October.
The coronavirus continues to sweep through Russia, which has been hit hard by the pandemic in recent times.
On Wednesday, 34,074 new cases of infection and a total of 1,028 deaths related to Corona were recorded, which is another milestone for the country. At the same time, Russian hospitals are approaching a breaking point, and they will soon no longer have the capacity to help anyone who needs hospital treatment.
“The country is facing a catastrophe,” said Vasily Vlasov, a Russian epidemiologist and former adviser to the World Health Organization. CNN.
The authorities have always been reluctant to impose drastic measures because the previous lockdown had severe consequences for the country’s economy and the support of President Vladimir Putin. Now, however, they are taking strict measures to control the infection situation.
He orders people to stay at home
On Wednesday, Putin approved a government proposal to introduce a nationwide holiday from October 30 to November 7 to curb the spread of infection in the country.
In the Russian capital, Moscow, it is further tightened.
Mayor Sergei Sobjanin has ordered all unvaccinated residents over 60 or with underlying illnesses to stay home for the next four months, according to CNN.
At the same time, stricter rules are being introduced regarding home offices, and companies must allow at least a third of their employees to work from home. There will also be expanded vaccination requirements for employees in the service sector.
These are the first measures introduced in the capital since the summer. The measures will take effect on Monday and will apply until February 25 next year, according to the NTB.
Part of the reason for the violent increase in infections may be due to the low rate of vaccination in Russia. Only 30 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, despite the fact that as many as four vaccines have been approved for use in the country.
Throughout the epidemic, there was a high degree of skepticism about the vaccine among the Russian population.
The main reason is a lack of trust in the authorities and the information they provide. Since the beginning of the pandemic, conflicting information about vaccines has been transmitted: some said one should be vaccinated, while others thought the coronavirus was just a placebo. There was no clear message from the government from the start, explains Denis Volkov, director of the Levada Center, a nongovernmental organization that conducts opinion polls and social research.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, admitted on Tuesday that the authorities’ information about vaccines was not ideal.
“It is clear that many things that should have been done to communicate and explain the importance of vaccination have not been done,” he said, adding:
– But at the same time, the inhabitants of our country must take a responsible attitude when it comes to vaccination.
In total, more than eight million people have tested positive for covid-19 in Russia, and more than 226,000 people have died with the virus.
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