Independent experts accused the Russian leadership and authorities of underestimating the severity of the epidemic.
On Thursday, for the third day in a row, Russia again saw a record daily increase in the number of virus victims: it recorded 867 more deaths in the past 24 hours.
This was reported by Interfax, which indicated that the authorities reported 857 new deaths on Wednesday and 852 victims of the epidemic were added on Tuesday.
The largest number of victims in Europe
So far, a total of 207,255 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Russia, the highest death toll in Europe, according to AFP.
Rosstat’s statistics bureau said in August that if a broader definition of coronavirus-related deaths were used, Russia would have more than 350,000 victims of the pandemic so far, AFP reported.
Independent experts accused the Russian leadership and authorities of underestimating the severity of the epidemic. Its main focus is on Moscow, where the authorities are also drawing attention to the consequences of the increasing number of hospitalizations due to the sharp increase in the number of infected people.
Mandatory vaccination of selected groups
In the summer, Moscow and many other regions introduced compulsory vaccination of selected groups of the population. However, vaccination is stagnating – Russia has many vaccines in its own production, but the population does not trust them.
According to the government portal, which summarizes data on the state of vaccination in Russian regions, less than 29 percent of the population in Russia has been fully vaccinated.
On Thursday, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said that Russia’s population of 40 million had received full vaccinations and that 49 million people had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Low immunization coverage
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also criticized the drop in vaccination coverage on Thursday. He pointed out that all conditions have been created for the vaccination campaign to succeed and that there are sufficient vaccines available.
He added that “the peculiarity of the situation of the Corona virus, in one way or another, will make the life of the unvaccinated less comfortable than the vaccinated,” and Peskov called this a “reality” for all countries, not just Russia.
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