In the last week, COVID infections in Russia They have not gone down, but quite the opposite, since more than 31 thousand new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, which represents a new record. This has represented a strong pressure on the Health authorities.
The government team against the coronavirus reported 31,299 new confirmed cases and 986 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
The country has broken record after record for daily deaths from COVID infections in Russia for the past few weeks. Infections have skyrocketed, in the midst of a stagnant vaccination campaign and with little monitoring of measures to prevent infections.
Some 43 million Russians, or just 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, have completed their COVID vaccination, the country’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Tuesday.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has stressed the need to accelerate the vaccination campaign, although it has also warned against forcing people to receive the injections.
Despite the growing death toll from COVID infections in Russia, the Kremlin also ruled out a new national quarantine like the one in the first months of the pandemic, which greatly hurt the economy and reduced Putin’s popularity. The government has delegated to regional authorities the powers to impose restrictions against the pandemic.
Some Russian regions have restricted attendance at large events and limited access to restaurants, theaters and other venues. However, life continues almost as usual in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other Russian cities, where there are no restrictions on restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, this before the COVID infections in Russia.
China’s Foreign Ministry warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of new World Health Organization research on the origins of the COVID infections, while saying that it would support the efforts of the international body.
The WHO on Wednesday proposed a list of 25 experts to advise it on next steps in finding the origins of the coronavirus after its previous efforts came under fire for being too soft on China, where the first were detected. COVID infections at the end of 2019.
Beijing was accused of withholding raw data on the first cases during a WHO team visit in February and has since resisted calls for a larger investigation, arguing that USA and others are politicizing the issue.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China “will continue to support and participate in global scientific tracking and firmly oppose any form of political manipulation.”