Russia’s national paid holiday begins today and lasts until November 7 to control the spread of nCoV.
Russians will have four days of holiday from November 4 to celebrate Russian unity. Therefore, the one-week national holiday is one of the Russian government’s efforts to control the pandemic, allowing them to rest for three more days.
This measure came into effect against the background of Russia’s continuous record of tragic Covid-19 records. Health officials today reported 40,251 infections, the highest increase in a single day since the outbreak of the Russian pandemic, bringing the total number of infections in the world’s fifth most endemic area to 8,472,797.
The Kremlin admitted last week that Russia’s vaccination rate is the most alarming in Europe. Although the vaccine was deployed early nationwide and is completely free, only about 32.5% of the nation’s population has completed the Covid-19 vaccination.
This situation, coupled with the spread of the Delta strain, makes the virus more contagious and seems to complicate the disease and overwhelm the health system.
According to data released by Rosstat, Russia’s national statistical agency, on October 29, the country recorded at least 44,265 deaths from Covid-19 or related complications in September alone, almost twice the government figure. July was the period with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Russia, with 51,044 cases.
According to Rosstat, the difference in data comes from the fact that the government working group only aggregates daily reports, and their statistical data confirms the cause of death of Covid-19 from the health supervision agency, and there is a certain delay. Rosstat can access more complete data every month.
The Kremlin continued to express its concern about the public’s awareness of epidemic prevention this week. Some official media surveys estimate that about one-third of people have plans to travel during the anti-epidemic holiday.
Many places in Russia strictly restrict social and economic activities. It is said that the most intense is the capital Moscow, which is the epicenter of Covid-19 in Russia. All non-essential activities and services have been banned.
Nakaren (follow AFP/Reuters)