Moscow orders unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for 4 months as Russia's Covid-19 crisis deepens

Moskou Millions of Russians face strict new Covid-19 restrictions from this week after a slow vaccination drive, an overwhelmed health care system and widespread mistrust in government combined to plunge the country into its most deadly phase of the pandemic tot op hede.

On Tuesday Moscow’s mayor ordered all unvaccinated residents over 60, as well as unvaccinated peoplesuffering from chronic diseases,” to remain home for four months until late February as the city grapples with a growing crisis.
The national government has also proposed introducing a non-working week at the start of November, and senior figures have started openly admitting that the situation is dire as Russians head towards a bleak winter.
    Russia has reported its highest numbers of daily cases and deaths multiple times in recent days, and it registered a record 1,028 official fatalities on Wednesday.
      Experts point towards a lagging vaccination program and a failure in government messaging as factors behind the surge, which is now threatening to deluge hospitals across the nation.
        I think the country is now falling into disaster,” Vasily Vlassov, a Russian epidemiologist and former adviser to the World Health Organization (WIE), aan CNN gesê.
        I have hope we will soon come to a certain limit beyond which we will not go, but this is still very high morbidity and mortality. Hospitals are overwhelmed,” Vlassov said, predicting that deaths would spike further still before the end of the year.
          And there are concerns that Russia’s official figures do not reflect the true scale of its public health emergency.
          “(A) person who dies of respiratory failure from Covid often gets into the statistics as a person who died from respiratory failure, but not from Covid,” Vlassov said. “High morbidity in Russia is seen as a sign of failure of the state and society.
          Cemetery workers in protective gear bury people who died of causes related to COVID-19 at Novo-Yuzhnoye Cemetery in Omsk, Russia earlier this month.

          CNN has previously reported concerns about Russian officials underreporting coronavirus death figures. Russia’s counting method does not include part of the deaths in the official statistics stating people diedwith Covid” maar nie “of Covid,” which does not comply with WHO recommendations.
          Government officials have begun talking openly about the depth of the crisis. 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. Natuurlik, 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.
          Russia’s efforts to reduce transmission have been seriously hampered by a lackluster vaccination program. Net 31% of the population is fully vaccinated, in a country where four domestic vaccines are available.
          The main reason is distrust of the authorities and the information they broadcast,” Denis Volkov, the director of Levada-Centera non-governmental polling and sociological research organization — aan CNN gesê.
          From the very beginning contradictory information was broadcast through the main channels: some said that you need to be vaccinated; others said that this is a fictitious disease,” hy het gesê. “Various conspiracy theories were entertained on state media. There was no clear consistent message from the government from the start.
          Medical workers vaccinate a patient at home. Rusland's vaccine drive has stuttered amid distrust of vaccines and the government's conflicted messaging.

          Volkov also suggested that an early Russian campaign to promote its own vaccines and belittle foreign shots backfired, instead reinforcing many Russiansconcerns about vaccines in general.
          It’s time to say it bluntly: the state has lost the information campaign to combat the coronavirus and explain to people the need for vaccination,” the deputy speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy said on Saturday.
          This is a fact: people do not trust the vaccine,” Tolstoy was quoted as saying by state media RIA Novosti.
          Op Dinsdag, when the country hit another Covid deaths record, the Kremlin admitted its partial responsibility for the low vaccination rates. “Natuurlik, 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.
          But at the same time, citizens of our country need to take a more responsible position and get vaccinated,” hy het bygevoeg.
          Certain regions continue to introduce local restrictions depending on the severity of local Covid-19 situations. Maar, sover, the government has been consistently saying that there are no grounds for announcing a full lockdown.
            “[The government] is scared to make people angry, scared to leave people without bread, which will make them even angrier,” Ekaterina Schulmann, a political scientist, aan CNN gesê.
            People have seen a constant decline in income since 2014, support for the president has been descending since 2018. It is risky to push people even further,” het sy bygevoeg.

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