Nearly 90% of new cases of Covid-19 in Moscow are due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the mayor of the Russian capital announced on Friday June 18, explaining the virulence of the current epidemic wave.
According to the latest data we have obtained, 89.3% of patients are infected with a coronavirus which has mutated, says Delta, the Indian variant.
And it’s more aggressive, spreads faster
», Affirmed Sergei Sobyanin on the antenna of the television channel Pervi Kanal.
Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of the Russian capital, decreed Wednesday 16 June compulsory vaccination of all employees in the service sector. Some 60% of them, or about two million people, are due by August 15. The week of June 15 was also declared a holiday in an attempt to stem the epidemic.
The most critical situation is in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the country’s second city where authorities said on Thursday that around 800 people were hospitalized each day, but all of Russia is affected by the rise in cases.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen an average increase of 30% in the number of patients in the country.
», Indicated during the same meeting the Minister of Health, Mikhaïl Mourashko, noting that the 30-40 years are particularly affected.
Anna Popova, director of the sanitary gendarme Rospotrebnadzor, for her part noted that “
the proportion of the Indian variant (henceforth called “delta variant”) has been rising sharply for two weeks
For nearly a year, the state apparatus and the public media have been highlighting the good management of the health crisis and the prowess of Sputnik V, a vaccine developed by Russia and available for more than six months.
But the Russians did not go to be vaccinated despite repeated appeals from the government, led by Vladimir Putin, scalded by decades of Soviet and then Russian propaganda. and budget cuts in the health sector.
Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustine again called on Thursday to “
intensify the vaccination rate
“, Urging regional leaders to ensure that the population receives”
all the information on the dangers of the coronavirus, how to protect yourself and where to be vaccinated
Since December, only 19 million Russians out of 146 million people received at least one dose, according to the census of the Gogov site, which aggregates data from regions and media due to the lack of official national statistics.
In Moscow, 1.8 million people have received at least one injection out of the 12 or 13 million inhabitants that the city has officially counted.
Russia became on Thursday, with 127,992 deaths recorded by the government, the most bereaved European country since the start of the pandemic, ahead of the United Kingdom (127,926 deaths).
The Russian statistics agency, Rosstat, which has a broader clinical definition of Covid-related deaths, has counted 270,000 deaths at least since the start of the pandemic.