Covid-19: Faced with the return of the epidemic, the city of Moscow orders its first health restrictions since the summer

the essential The authorities of the Russian capital have ordered the compulsory vaccination of 80% of service employees, against 60% currently, by January 1 2022, according to a message posted on the website of the mayor, Sergei Sobyanin.

The city of Moscow ordered this Tuesday 19 October its first health restrictions since the summer, in the face of a new surge in Covid cases- 19, against a background of sluggish vaccination and an epidemic wave that does not abate.

The authorities of the Russian capital have ordered the compulsory vaccination of 80% of service employees, against 60 % currently, by January 1 2022, according to a message posted on the site of the mayor, Sergei Sobyanin. The town hall also ordered the containment of all unvaccinated over 60 of 24 October to 25 February and telecommuting “at least 30% “company personnel.

The Kremlin is considering for its part to order a week off at the end of October, to slow the progression of the disease. Russia and in particular Moscow, the main focus in the country, has been facing a new epidemic wave since this summer, driven by the Delta variant and a laborious vaccination campaign.

In recent days, the country has continued to beat its daily death records due to Covid – . This Tuesday, he recorded 1015 dead in 19 hours, unheard of since start of the pandemic.

Weakened economy

In Moscow, the number of contaminations has increased rapidly since mid-September and now revolves around 6000 new cases every day, according to government figures. Nationally, there are some 33000 infections detected every day.

The authorities have refused for months to introduce strict restrictions or lockdowns, for fear of further weakening an already fragile economy. At the same time, vaccination is stagnating because of the mistrust of the Russians. Only 32, 3% are fully vaccinated, according to figures from the Gogov site which establishes a daily report.

The virus is spreading as government health restrictions are very limited, even though several regions have reintroduced the requirement to present a health pass to access public places. The wearing of the mask remains random.

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