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Coronavirus: Russia reaches new daily high COVID-19 cases

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Coronavirus: Russia reaches new daily high COVID-19 cases

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MOSCOW – Russia has recorded a new high daily number of coronavirus cases as most businesses in the country remain closed in an attempt to counter a week-long wave of infections.

The National Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday reported 40,993 new infections from the previous day, up more than 700 from the previous record the day before. Russia recorded a new record of infections or deaths almost daily in October.

The death toll reported on Sunday was 1,158, down slightly from Friday’s record 1,163.

This brought the official death toll from COVID-19 in Russia to 238,538, by far the largest in Europe. More than 8.51 million infections were recorded in the country of 146 million during the pandemic.

The task force only counts deaths directly caused by the virus. State statistics service Rosstat, which counts deaths from COVID-19 under broader criteria, released figures on Friday indicating a much higher toll.

Rosstat counted 44,265 deaths in September caused directly by the virus, or in which it was a contributing cause or of patients suspected of having been infected. That would bring the death toll during the pandemic in Russia to around 461,000 by the end of September, nearly double the task force’s tally.

To contain the spread of the infection, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a period of non-work from October 30 to November 7, during which most state agencies and private companies must suspend their operations.

Moscow introduced the measure from Thursday, closing kindergartens, schools, gymnasiums, entertainment venues and most stores, and limiting take-out or delivery restaurants. Food stores, pharmacies and businesses operating key infrastructure remained open.

Access to museums, theaters, concert halls and other venues in Russia is limited to people with digital codes on their phones to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, a practice that will continue after November 7. . Unvaccinated people over 60 have been ordered to stay at home.

The government is hoping that by keeping most people out of offices and public transport, the non-work period will help curb the spread of the virus, but many Russians have rushed to use the free time for seaside vacations. from the Black Sea or to travel to Egypt or Turkey.

Authorities blamed the spike in infections and deaths on the delayed rate of vaccinations in Russia. About 51 million Russians – just over a third of the country’s population – were fully immunized on Sunday.

Russia was the first country in the world to authorize a coronavirus vaccine in August 2020 and proudly named the coup Sputnik V to showcase the country’s scientific advantage. But the vaccination campaign has stalled amid widespread public skepticism blamed on conflicting signals from authorities.

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