Russia Covid: Moscow announces new lockdown as coronavirus crisis deepens

“In the coming days, we will reach historic peaks in Covid cases,” Sergey Sobyanin wrote in his weblog, earlier than saying strict restrictions from October 28 to November 7.

“During this period, the work of all enterprises and organizations on the territory of the city of Moscow should be suspended,” he mentioned, earlier than outlining a number of restricted exemptions.

Earlier this week town ordered all unvaccinated residents over 60, as effectively as unvaccinated folks “suffering from chronic diseases,” to stay residence for 4 months till late February.

It reported its highest numbers of each day circumstances and deaths a number of instances in current days, and registered a document 1,028 official fatalities on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin mentioned at a Covid-19 taskforce assembly on Tuesday that the burden on medical establishments is critically growing, whereas the governor of the Oryol area, Andrey Klychkov, lately revealed that the area doesn’t have the capability to hospitalize any extra coronavirus sufferers.

“The most terrible figure is that we had 1,854 beds prepared, today there are no more free beds available. Of course, we will free as many beds as we can, we’ll look for options. But at the moment there are no beds available, and this raises serious concerns,” Klychkov mentioned throughout a reside broadcast on Instagram.

Moscow orders unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for 4 months as Russia's Covid-19 crisis deepens Moscow orders unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for 4 months as Russia's Covid-19 crisis deepens

Experts blame a sluggish vaccination drive, an overwhelmed well being care system and widespread distrust in authorities for the state of affairs.

Russia’s efforts to cut back transmission have been critically hampered by a lackluster vaccination program. Just round 30% of the inhabitants is totally vaccinated, in a rustic the place 4 home vaccines can be found.

On Tuesday, when the nation hit one other Covid deaths document, the Kremlin admitted its partial duty for the low vaccination charges. “Of course, not all that needed to be done was done for informing and explaining the inevitability and importance of vaccination,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, advised journalists.

“But at the same time, citizens of our country need to take a more responsible position and get vaccinated,” he added.