Covid-19 deaths in Russia hit a daily record
Moscow – Russia has reported an increase in the number of new daily deaths from COVID-19, while the total number of coronavirus infections during the epidemic in the country has exceeded 9 million.
The increase in daily deaths and infections that began in mid-September appeared to have plateaued over the past week, but the National Coronavirus Task Force said on Saturday that a record number of people had died from the virus over the past day, two more than the previous record mentioned. Wednesday.
The task force said 39,256 new infections were recorded, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 9.03 million.
Russia imposed a “non-working” week in early November, shutting down many businesses, with the aim of halting the spread of the virus.
Two bills outlining new restrictive measures were presented to Parliament on Friday, with the aim of taking them into effect next year. They will restrict access to many public places, as well as trains and domestic and international flights, to those who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or are medically exempt from vaccination.
The increase in the number of infections and deaths comes amid declining vaccination rates, lax public attitudes toward taking precautions and the government’s reluctance to tighten restrictions. Less than 40% of Russia’s 146 million people have been fully vaccinated, even though the country approved a home-grown COVID-19 vaccine months earlier than most of the world.
In total, the coronavirus task force has reported more than 254,000 deaths – by far the highest fatality rate in Europe. Some experts believe the true number is even higher. Reports from Russia’s statistics service, Rosstat, indicate that the retrospective death toll related to the coronavirus reveals a much higher mortality rate: 462,000 people with COVID-19 died between April 2020 and September this year.
Russian officials said the task force includes only deaths for which COVID-19 was the main cause, and uses data from medical facilities. Rosstat uses broader criteria for calculating virus-related deaths and obtains its numbers from civil registry offices where death registration is completed.
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