It reported its highest numbers of daily cases and deaths multiple times in recent days, and registered a record 1,028 official fatalities on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a Covid-19 taskforce meeting on Tuesday that the burden on medical institutions is seriously increasing, while the governor of the Oryol region, Andrey Klychkov, recently revealed that the region does not have the capacity to hospitalize any more coronavirus patients.
“The most terrible figure is that we had 1,854 beds prepared, today there are no more free beds available. Por supuesto, we will free as many beds as we can, we’ll look for options. But at the moment there are no beds available, and this raises serious concerns,” Klychkov said during a live broadcast on Instagram.
Experts blame a slow vaccination drive, an overwhelmed health care system and widespread mistrust in government for the situation.
Russia’s efforts to reduce transmission have been seriously hampered by a lackluster vaccination program. Just around 30% of the population is fully vaccinated, in a country where four domestic vaccines are available.
El martes, when the country hit another Covid deaths record, the Kremlin admitted its partial responsibility for the low vaccination rates. “Por supuesto, not all that needed to be done was done for informing and explaining the inevitability and importance of vaccination,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists.
“Pero al mismo tiempo, citizens of our country need to take a more responsible position and get vaccinated,” él agregó.