OMSK, RUSSIA, October 9, 2021: Cemetery workers bury people who died of COVID-19-related causes in Novo-Yuzhnoye Cemetery as a means of protection. Yevgeny Sofiychuk / TASS (Photo by Yevgeny Sofiychuk via TASS Getty Images)
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Russia has set a new record in its Covid-19 pandemic, with the daily death toll from the virus peaking.
Russia reported 28,190 new coronavirus cases and 973 deaths from Covid on Tuesday, a record number of deaths per day, according to the government’s coronavirus working group. In total, more than 7.8 million cases of the virus and more than 218,000 deaths have been reported in Russia.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko on Tuesday issued a stern warning about the health crisis in Russia, saying at a government meeting that coronavirus incidence in Russia had risen by 16% in the past week, with growth in some regions at 30%. said more than%. .
Murashko said there are about 255,000 beds for people with Kovid in Russia, of which about 235,000 are busy, and 11 percent of those hospitalized in Russia are in “severe or very serious condition” and “almost all of them are unvaccinated patients.” said Murashko. reports TASS news agency.
Russia is keen to increase vaccination rates in the country, but most people are reluctant to take the Covid, a Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in the first place, often for easy access to institutions such as cash, shopping coupons and gift cards, and pedestrian vaccination centers.
So far, however, the Kremlin has resisted making the Covid vaccine mandatory for the general public, although in several regions and in many areas such as retail, health and education, the Covid vaccine should now be available. risk of job loss.
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Nevertheless, vaccination rates remain low, with 31 percent of Russia’s 144 million people fully vaccinated, according to “Data in Our World”.
In Russia, there has been frustration with the slow adoption of Covid vaccines, as President Vladimir Putin has made many attempts to convey the benefits of the vaccine to the indifferent public.
The move continued on Tuesday, and Putin reportedly told a meeting of State Duma (parliament) deputies that Russia needed to do more to raise the vaccination rate.
“We need to work with people with determination and patience, explaining to them all the benefits associated with preventing this dangerous disease,” he said.
Nevertheless, there is no indication that Russia is ready to block the entire country with a force that can be closed to Russian territories where the restrictions are very diverse.
Suspicion of the vaccine
Russia was one of the first countries in the world to approve the Covid vaccine in August 2020 and released the photos. Had it not been for the will of the public, Russia could have vaccinated far more people to this day.
The frustration stemmed from concerns about the safety and effectiveness of Sputnik V, especially as Russia allowed the shooting to be completed before clinical trials were completed, raising suspicions in the international scientific community.
However, a clinical study published in the medical journal The Lancet in February found that the Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing the development of Covid in humans.
People walk along Red Square on a sunny autumn day on October 9, 2021 in Moscow.
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However, a survey released by Russia’s Levada polling center in March found that 62 percent of people did not want to be vaccinated, which is the highest reluctance among 18- to 24-year-olds.
Recent data released by Levada in early September show that suspicion about the vaccine remained high, but dropped in the summer, with 52 percent of those surveyed not wanting to be vaccinated with the Russian vaccine. In a survey of 1,619 people in August, 14% said they were ready to be vaccinated, with one-third vaccinated.
More than half of Russians surveyed (55%) said they were not afraid of contracting the coronavirus, but since the beginning of 2021, the figures have hardly changed, despite warnings about the spread of the delta variant.
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Murashko warned on Tuesday that the youth was not a guard against Covid and that “we have seen patients under the age of 30 who are in intensive care with serious complications.”
“Therefore, youth is not insured against the disease and its complications,” he told the TASS news agency.
Given the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine, no love was lost between Russia and neighboring Ukraine, but the common challenge for both countries was to overcome the Kovid crisis.
The Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that Ukraine, like Russia, had recorded a record number of deaths in the last 24 hours, with 471 people infected with the coronavirus and a daily record close to 481.
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