The death toll from Covid-19 in Russia is unprecedentedly high

Russia recorded a record of more than 1,200 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the number of new infections remains high after a week of paid leave.

The Russian government’s Covid-19 task force on November 9 said that the country recorded an additional 1,211 deaths from Covid-19, the highest level in the pandemic, and 39,160 new infections. Since the end of October, Russia has recorded an average of 40,000 infections and 1,100 deaths per day.

Infections and deaths have increased even though Russia has just given people paid leave from October 30 to November 7 according to the decision of President Vladimir Putin. He allowed regional governments to extend the number of non-working days if necessary, but only five did.

Other regions only allow people who have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 within 6 months or had a negative test result 72 hours before, to enter restaurants, theaters and public places.

Medical workers give people a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Moscow, Russia on October 21.  Photo: AFP.

Medical workers give people a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Moscow, Russia on October 21. Photo: AFP.

The daily number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 remained high during the time when Russians were not working. A Kremlin official on Wednesday said it was too early to say whether the paid holiday would have the desired effect.

Covid-19 continues to deteriorate in Russia as vaccination rates are low, people do not strictly follow preventive measures and authorities are reluctant to tighten restrictions. Less than 40% of Russia’s nearly 146 million people are fully immunized, even though Russia approved domestic vaccines months ahead of most countries.

According to the real-time statistics site Worldometer, Russia currently records more than 8.8 million infections and nearly 250,000 deaths, is the epidemic region with the highest death toll in Europe and one of the 5 countries hardest hit. best of the world. However, Russia’s statistics agency Rosstat reckons that about 462,000 people have died from Covid-19 between April 2020 and September of this year.

Russian officials said the task force only counts deaths for which Covid-19 is the main cause and uses data from medical facilities. Rosstat uses broader criteria to calculate the number of deaths related to Covid-19 and obtains data from civil status registration offices.

Huyen Le (Follow AP)

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