Russia resumes flights with more countries amid the spread of the Corona virus

Russia resumes flights with more countries amid the spread of the Corona virus

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FILE – Red Square and the Kremlin wall are reflected in the window of an empty BOSCO CafĂ© in GUM, State Store in Red Square, which has been closed due to COVID-19 in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, October 28, 2021. Russia announced Tuesday, November 16, 2021 that it will resume allowing travel Flights to Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mongolia from December 1. Less than 40% of the country’s population of 146 million has been fully vaccinated. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)

Moscow Russia said on Tuesday that it would resume allowing air travel to Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mongolia from Dec. 1.

Russia will also lift remaining restrictions on flights to Cuba, Mexico and Qatar, and increase the number of flights to Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Vietnam from December 1, the government’s coronavirus task force said. Flights resumed with more than 60 countries.

The announcement comes as Russia’s daily coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths remain at record levels and less than 40% of the country’s 146 million population has been fully vaccinated. On Tuesday, the task force reported 36,818 new confirmed cases and 1,240 deaths, the latter just one less than the record daily death toll.

The state’s task force has reported more than 9 million confirmed infections and 257,837 deaths in the pandemic, by far the highest death toll in Europe. Some experts believe the true number is actually higher.

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Travel between Russia and some Western countries has been complicated because the World Health Organization, the European Union and the United States have not yet recognized vaccines developed in Russia and Western vaccines are not available in Russia.

Earlier this month, US drug giant Pfizer received approval to test an experimental antiviral pill, Baxlovid, in Russia, according to the state registry. It is expected that ninety people from several Russian cities will participate in the drug trial.

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