CM – Russia continues to experience spike in Covid-19, infections topping 8 million

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The country’s task force said Monday that 34,325 new infections last day brought the total number of the pandemic to 8,027,012.

Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has exceeded 8 million, more than 5 percent of the population, and the daily number of infections has hit a new record.

The national coronavirus task force announced on Monday that 34,325 new infections last day brought the total number of the pandemic to 8,027,012.

It is also said that 998 people died of COVID-19 the day before, bringing the total number of deaths to 224,310.

The The death toll is minutely lower than Saturday’s record of 1,002, but it shows the country continues to struggle with the virus as vaccination rates remain low.

Russian authorities have tried to speed up vaccination through lotteries Expedited bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccination skepticism and conflicting signals from officials hampered efforts.

The task force said Monday that about 45 million Russians, or 32 percent of the nearly The country’s 146 million residents are fully vaccinated.

Despite the rising toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one at the start of the pandemic, which hit the economy badly and undermined President Vladimir Putin’s popularity.

In some of Russia’s 85 regions, participation in large public events is restricted and access to theaters, restaurants and other venues is restricted.

In Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other Russian cities, everyday life is largely normal.

The highest case concentrations are mostly found in the comparatively urbanized western Russia and in the developed areas along the Pacific coast such as Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, but the sparsely populated Siberian regions Sakha and Chukotka in the extreme northeast also have high case numbers of more than 150 infections per 100,000 People over a period of seven days.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Russia is the highest in Europe. The official record ranks Russia as the fifth most pandemic deaths in the world after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.

However, the state statistics agency Rosstat, which also counts deaths where the virus was not the main cause, has a much higher pandemic death toll reported – about 418,000 people with COVID-19 in August. Based on this number, Russia would be the fourth hardest hit nation in the world, ahead of Mexico. (AP)

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