Russia’s daily Covid death toll hits grim record as cases rise and vaccinations lag

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  • Russia has set a new record in its Kovid-19 epidemic.
  • Russia reported 28,190 new coronavirus cases and 973 deaths from Covid-19, a new record for daily fatalities, according to data from the government’s coronavirus taskforce.
  • Overall, Russia has recorded more than 7.8 million cases of the virus and more than 218,000 deaths.

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Russia has set a new record in its Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of daily deaths from the virus reaching a new high.

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Russia on Tuesday reported 28,190 new coronavirus cases and 973 deaths from COVID-19, a new record for daily fatalities, according to data from the government’s coronavirus taskforce. Overall, Russia has recorded more than 7.8 million cases of the virus and more than 218,000 deaths.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko sounded a scathing warning over the public health crisis in Russia on Tuesday, telling a cabinet meeting that the incidence of Covid in Russia had increased by 16% over the past week and growth rates in some regions exceeded 30%. Was. .

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Russia has about 255,000 beds for Covid patients, of which 235,000 are occupied, Murashko said, adding that 11% of Russia’s hospitalized Covid patients are in “critical or critical condition” and practically they All are patients who have not been vaccinated,” Murashko said, According to TASS news agency.

Russia is desperate to increase vaccination rates in the country, but many members of the public have been reluctant to get the Covid shot, mainly the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, despite often offering incentives including money, shopping coupons and gift cards. and easy access to facilities such as walk-in vaccination centres.

So far, the Kremlin has resisted making COVID vaccination mandatory for the wider public, although there is A wide range of workers in multiple sectors, and in many sectors such as retail, health care and education, those who must now have a COVID vaccine or are at risk of losing their jobs.

Read more: Putin says Russia won’t make Covid vaccines mandatory, but doubts are a problem

Nevertheless, according to the data in Our World, about 31% of Russia’s 144 million population is fully vaccinated with immunization figures low.

Disappointment at the slow acceptance of COVID vaccines is evident in Russia, with President Vladimir Putin making several attempts to bring the benefits of the vaccine to a reticent public.

On Tuesday, Putin reportedly told a meeting of State Duma (parliament) representatives that he needed to work harder to increase Russia’s vaccination rates, a move that continued.

“We need to work consistently and patiently with people, telling them all the benefits of preventing this dreaded disease,” TASS said.

Still, there are no signs that Russia is ready to impose a nationwide lockdown, with the power of lock down granted to Russian regions where restrictions vary widely.

vaccine doubts

Russia was one of the first countries in the world to approve a COVID vaccine in August 2020, and roll out the shots. So were it not for public reluctance, Russia could have vaccinated far more people to date.

The reluctance has been seen as a result of concerns over the safety and efficacy authenticity of Sputnik V, especially since Russia authorized the shot before completing clinical trials, which raised doubts in the international scientific community.

However, according to the peer-reviewed results of its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancet medical journal in February, the Sputnik V vaccine was found to be 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing COVID.

Despite this, a survey Russia’s Levada polling station published in March found that 62% did not want to be vaccinatedThe highest level of reluctance was found in 18 to 24 year olds.

Levada. latest data from published in early SeptemberThe study showed that skepticism about the vaccine remained high but decreased over the summer, with 52% of Russians not wanting to be vaccinated with the Russian vaccine. In a survey of 1,619 people conducted in August, 14% said they were ready to be vaccinated, with almost a third saying they had already been vaccinated.

More than half of Russians polled (55%) said they weren’t even afraid of contracting the coronavirus, indicators that have rarely changed since early 2021, with the recent spread of the more virulent delta variant Despite more warnings.

Read more: People who are fully vaccinated are still getting infected with Kovid. Experts Explain Why

Murashko warned on Tuesday that young people were no longer on guard against Covid, telling a cabinet meeting that “we have seen patients up to 30 years old who are in intensive care with serious complications.”

“Young age, therefore, today is not insured against the disease and its complications,” he said, according to the TASS news agency.

No love is lost between Russia and its neighbor Ukraine, given the former illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, but their difficulties in overcoming the COVID crisis are similar in both countries.

Like Russia, Ukraine reported an almost record number of deaths in the past 24 hours, with 471 coronavirus-related deaths and very close to a record daily toll of 481, the health ministry reported. Wednesday.

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