Russia sets a record for the highest number of new crown deaths in a single day, but refuses to blockade

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Omsk, Russia, October 9, 2021: Cemetery staff in protective gear bury people who died due to COVID-19-related causes at Novo-Yuzhnoye Cemetery. Yevgeny Sofiychuk/TASS (Photo: Yevgeny SofiychukTASS via Getty Images)

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Russia has set a grim new record in its Covid-19 pandemic, and the number of daily deaths caused by the virus hit a new high.

According to data from the government’s coronavirus task force, Russia reported 28,190 new coronavirus cases and 973 deaths on Tuesday, setting a new record for the number of daily deaths. In total, Russia has recorded more than 7.8 million cases of the virus and more than 218,000 deaths.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko issued a sharp warning about Russia’s public health crisis on Tuesday. He said at a cabinet meeting that the incidence of the new crown virus in Russia has increased by 16% in the past week. The regional growth rate exceeds 30%. .

Murashko said that Russia has provided about 255,000 beds for patients with the new crown virus, of which about 235,000 beds are occupied, and 11% of the new crown virus patients hospitalized in Russia are in a severe or critical state. “Almost all patients are Have not been vaccinated,” Murashko said. , According to TASS News Agency.

Russia is eager to increase the country’s vaccination rate, but many members of the public have been reluctant to accept the Covid vaccine, mainly the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, although incentives including money, shopping vouchers and gift cards are often provided and can be convenient Use facilities such as walk-in immunization centers.

However, so far, the Kremlin has refused to allow the wider public to compulsorily vaccinate the Covid vaccine, despite the fact that a large number of workers in several areas and in multiple sectors such as retail, healthcare and education are currently at risk of losing their jobs.

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Nevertheless, according to our data world, approximately 31% of Russia’s 144 million people have been vaccinated, and the vaccination rate is still very low.

Russia is frustrated by the slow acceptance of the Covid vaccine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly tried to promote the benefits of the vaccine to the taciturn public.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Putin continued to work at the meeting of representatives of the State Duma (Parliament) and they need to work harder to increase the vaccination rate in Russia.

According to TASS, he said: “We need to work with people persistently and patiently and explain to them all the advantages associated with preventing this dangerous disease.”

Nevertheless, there is no indication that Russia is willing to implement a nationwide blockade and grant blockade power to Russian regions, where restrictions vary greatly.

Vaccine skepticism

Russia is one of the first countries in the world to approve the Covid vaccine and launch the vaccine in August 2020. Therefore, if it were not for public reluctance, Russia could have vaccinated more people so far.

People’s reluctance is believed to be caused by concerns about the safety and validity certificates of Sputnik V, especially because Russia approved the shooting before the completion of the clinical trial. This has aroused suspicion in the international scientific community.

However, based on the peer-reviewed results of a late-stage clinical trial published in the Lancet medical journal in February, it was found that the Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective in preventing people from contracting Covid.

People walk across the Red Square on a sunny autumn day in Moscow on October 9, 2021.

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Despite this, a poll published by the Russian Levada Public Opinion Center in March found that 62% of people did not want to be vaccinated, and among them, 18 to 24 years old did not want to be vaccinated.

The latest data released by Levada in early September showed that the suspicion of the vaccine was still high, but it declined during the summer. 52% of Russians interviewed did not want to receive the Russian vaccine. In a poll of 1,619 people conducted in August, 14% said they were ready to be vaccinated, and about one-third said they had been vaccinated.

More than half of Russians (55%) said that they are not afraid of contracting the coronavirus. Despite recent warnings that more viral variants of delta are spreading, this indicator has hardly changed since the beginning of 2021.

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Murashko warned on Tuesday that young people are no longer protectors of the new crown virus. He said at a cabinet meeting: “We have seen severe complications in severely ill patients under 30.”

According to TASS News Agency, he said: “Therefore, today’s youth is not an insurance against diseases and their complications.”

In view of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine, Russia has not lost love with its neighbor Ukraine, but the two countries have common difficulties in overcoming the Covid crisis.

The Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday that, like Russia, the number of deaths in Ukraine in the past 24 hours was close to a record level, with 471 coronavirus-related deaths reported, very close to the record single-day death toll of 481.

— CNBC’s Hadley Gamble hosted a panel discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the CEOs of BP, Total Energies, Exxon Mobil and Daimler during Russian Energy Week. It will be broadcast live on Wednesday, October 13th at 1pm Moscow time/11am London time.

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