(Moscow) Russia reported 815 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours on Friday, a record for the second day in a row due to the Delta variant and a sluggish vaccination campaign.
Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 7:49 am
The country, which has faced an epidemic resurgence since the beginning of summer, has also registered 22,277 new cases of coronavirus, according to the daily figure provided by the Russian government’s crisis center.
That number brings the number of deaths considered to be due to COVID-19 by the government to 168,864.
However, this figure is in part because it only takes into account autopsy deaths the main cause of which is the new coronavirus.
The broader Russian statistics agency Rosstat reported more than 300,000 deaths at the end of June 2021.
The epidemic wave caused by the delta variant is all the more deadly – around 21,000 deaths in June alone, according to Rosstat – since the Russians are not in a hurry to get vaccinated against the background of mistrust towards Russia developed serums such as Sputnik V.
Barely 30 percent of the population received at least one injection, while the campaign, which began with a lot of official propaganda, began in December 2020. Calls by President Vladimir Putin to be vaccinated could not be accelerated.
None of the vaccines developed in the West are sold in Russia.
Despite everything, most of the restrictions were lifted, especially in Moscow, the epicenter of the epidemic on Russian territory, in order to preserve the economy.
On Friday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reiterated that the pandemic in the capital “continued to decline”, saw the number of hospital admissions there halved compared to June and announced the abolition of employers’ 30% teleworking obligation . to their employees.
In the capital, which was the first to be affected by the delta variant, the number of cases is actually declining. The wave passed Moscow, it spread to the rest of the country.