“Covid holidays” begin in Russia

FLY – Russia overwhelmed by a new wave of Covid-19 begins to close several regions “for holidays” today, while Moscow will be de facto in lockdown from October 28. Depending on the local situation, the increase in cases and hospital places still available, the subjects of the Federation apply the presidential decree declaring “non-working days from October 30 to November 7”, maintaining the salary for the dates that they wouldn’t be festive.

Already today, all at home in the Novogorod, Samara, Kursk, Perm, Voronezh, Nizhegorodsk regions, in the European part of the boundless Russian Federation. Closed private and public offices, schools and kindergartens, sports facilities, restaurants and cafes, while cinemas, museums and theaters will work at a reduced capacity of 50%, most with the QR code rule that certifies vaccination or recovery from the disease .

Russia, meanwhile, has recorded a new record of daily coronavirus infections: 37,930 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the last 24 hours, compared to the previous record of 37,678 infections on 23 October. This was announced by the federal pandemic response center, updating the total to 8,279,573. The victims since yesterday have been 1,069.

“In recent days, 37,930 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 85 Russian regions, including 3,387 cases (9.0%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase is 0.46%. .

Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 7,778 infections, up from 5,279 the day before.

The number of infections therefore continues to grow, that of deaths as well and no improvement is expected for two weeks. Today Putin gave orders to send “the most expensive medicines” to the most affected regions, as well as personnel to help, military and officials from the Ministry of Emergency Situations. And he asked for a general report on the acceleration of the pace of vaccinations by 15 November.

The vaccine is the real problem

To date, out of a population of 146 million inhabitants, 47.9 million Russians have received two doses, or 36.2%, at least one dose 52.6 million, so just over 36%. The choice is between Sputnik V or EpivacCorona, the two preparations made in Russia, but above all Sputnik, the first vaccine registered in the world and always at the center of a tug-of-war with the EMA for recognition in EU countries.

In the past two weeks, the pace of vaccinations, particularly in large cities, has increased somewhat, but coverage that could give hope for an upcoming herd immunity remains a long way off. The reasons for the Russian non-vaccine are many, largely summarized in the population’s genetic skepticism towards what is proposed by power as good and necessary.

Last week, announcing “non-working days”, the president Vladimir Putin launched a real appeal, for the first time perhaps with a heartfelt tone: “Unfortunately, let’s see what dangerous consequences the low level of vaccination in our country entails – he said during a videoconference meeting with the government – I repeat once again, the vaccine really lowers the risk of getting sick and having serious complications after the disease, as well as the danger of death ». Immunization is mandatory in many regions for doctors, health personnel and civil servants. However, it is not difficult to obtain a fake certificate.

To try to ‘motivate’ the population, state TV hammers on the cases of unvaccinated people who have contracted Covid in a very severe form or have died. In the trains of the Moscow metro, considered one of the great ‘incubators’ of the virus – invitations to immunization are transmitted. However, many passengers do not even wear a mask, although mandatory, or keep it lowered under their noses: in addition to not trusting the vaccine, the Russians do not even trust the news on Covid-19, they question its existence or danger . “If you try to ask why they are not afraid of the disease, it is easy to hear the answer:” and “all politics.”

According to a survey carried out in August by the reputed Levada institute, 53% of Russians are not afraid of contagion, while 46% fear it. Even in the absence of any real restrictions during the summer, 27% considered the measures taken by the government “excessive”. Meanwhile, on the web there are rumors and news – not verified – about ‘Covid parties’, or private gatherings organized to be infected by a patient with mild symptoms, in the hope of developing an equally mild form and, at the same time, antibodies. In time for the Christmas holidays.

(with source Askanews)

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