RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin orders a ban on hospitality and catering events from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. across the nation as the country struggles to control Covid-19.
The Kremlin recently called for the “strengthening of control over compliance with all restrictive measures” along with “the introduction of a ban on the holding of entertainment and entertainment events and the provision of catering services from 23:00 to 6:00 in the morning” recorded in a statement on Monday.
According to the President’s orders, these measure should be introduced before November 30.
As Russia’s Covid-19 crisis worsens, its officials openly admit that the country is now facing a difficult winter. in the wake of this, a 10-day lockdown is announced in Moscow from October 28 to November 7, including limited exemptions.
Before the announcement of lockdown a vaccination order for residents over 60 and unvaccinated people “suffering from chronic diseases,” to remain home for four months until late February.
Moscow’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote, “The situation in Moscow also continues to develop in the worst-case scenario,” in a blog post dedicated to COVID measures on October 21.
The worsening situation in Russia is being criticized by experts owing it to an overwhelmed health care system, slow vaccination drive and widespread mistrust in government.
Being the first country in the world to approve of the covid vaccine, Sputnik V in August 2020, and the country has four domestic vaccine, the irony sits well as only 30% of the Russian population is fully vaccinated.
Levada-Center, an independent pollster collected a survey whereby it was found that 52% of Russians were unwilling to get vaccinated by Russian vaccines and only 14% were willing.
As Russia has not approved of foreign vaccines, the Kremlin admits its partial responsibility for low vaccination rates.
“Of course, not all that needed to be done was done for informing and explaining the inevitability and importance of vaccination,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Putin, on October 19.
He further added, “But at the same time, citizens of our country need to take a more responsible position and get vaccinated.”
A 228,581 deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in Russia from Johns Hopkins University data.
Even so, it is believed that the real death toll is much higher because the country’s coronavirus task force does not include deaths related to coronavirus, where the virus wasn’t the only or main cause of death, in its official count.
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