For fear of weakening an already struggling economy, the authorities have been slow in imposing restrictive measures.
The unvaccinated residents of Moscow over 60 years old or suffering from chronic diseases are being re-confined for four months starting Monday, October 25. So decided by the mayor of the Russian capital, Sergei Sobyanin, reports the daily “Ouest France”.
Russia is already the most severely affected country by the Covid-19 pandemic. Official figures show that there were more than 227,000 people who died in the outbreak, and observers have seen more than twice. Rosstat, a statistical agency, reported that there were more than 400,000 people dead by August’s end.
Saturday marked the third consecutive day of contaminations and deaths in the country. It is an indication of the severity of the epidemic. According to the government, 1,075 people have already died and 37.678 have been infected within the last 24 hours.
In order to stop a new epidemic, President Vladimir Putin was forced to declare a national emergency and close all businesses and government offices for one week from October 30th to November 7.
Moscow’s city hall has announced that all businesses and non-essential business will be closed for 11 days starting October 28. A number of regions have also set up health passes.
There are many factors that contribute to the rapid spread of the virus. These include the appearance of more aggressive variants and, above all, the low acceptance of wearing a mask as well as the unwillingness of the Russians to use the vaccine.
Only a third have been immunized in Russia since December 2020, when the first national vaccine was introduced, Sputnik V. A failure that can be attributed in part to the old mistrust of the population toward the authorities.
The current wave of murder caused the authorities to be slow to respond and impose restrictions in order not weaken an already fragile economy.
Critics claim that Vladimir Putin is not taking responsibility for the ongoing epidemic in Russia. The Kremlin master claimed that Europeans were coming to Russia to get vaccinated using Sputnik V rather than being given the injections approved by the European Union.