On Tuesday, the daily number of COVID-19 fatalities in Russia reached an all-time high as a result of an outbreak of illnesses that prompted the Kremlin to instruct the majority of Russians to take time off work beginning this week.
Because of poor vaccination rates in Eastern Europe, the coronavirus has been able to spread fast across the region. Ukraine and Bulgaria also announced daily death counts that were record-breaking on Tuesday.
Russia And Ukraine Both Report A Record Number Of Deaths Per Day
The national coronavirus task force in Russia reported 1,106 fatalities in 24 hours, the highest number of deaths documented since the outbreak began. The figure raised the country’s pandemic death toll to 232,775, making it the most deadly in Europe by a long shot. Russia recorded 36,446 new coronavirus cases on a daily basis, a modest decrease from the previous several days’ total.
Putin has ordered that the nation celebrate an extended vacation from October 30 to November 7 in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, which is expected to be effective in containing the outbreak.
During that period, most state organizations and private enterprises are expected to stop operations, and most retailers, kindergartens, schools, gyms, and entertainment venues will be closed and most other businesses. Eateries and cafés will only be open for takeout or delivery orders during this time period.
Food shops, pharmacies, and companies that provide critical infrastructure may continue to operate. Those who have digital codes on their cellphones to verify they have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be denied access to museums, theatres, music halls, and other places after November 7. This practice is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Putin has directed local authorities to urge unvaccinated persons over the age of 60 to remain at home and to shut nightclubs and other entertainment places until the outbreak is resolved.
Authorities have also taken steps to tighten the enforcement of mask laws on public transit and in indoor events, which the public had laxly enforced. The Russian leader urged the worst-hit areas to begin taking time off work early and to consider extending it beyond November 7. In Russia’s 85 regions, six started the idle time on Monday, with others following suit the next day. The majority of the population in Moscow is expected to be off work on Thursday.
Russian officials anticipate that the time off will aid in limiting the spread of the virus by keeping people away from their places of work and public transportation.
The news of the extended holiday, on the other hand, resulted in a surge in sales of airline tickets and hotel reservations in Russian Black Sea resorts, prompting authorities in the country’s southern regions to close entertainment venues and restrict access to restaurants and bars to customers who had digital health codes. In addition, tour operators have noticed an increase in demand for package trips to Egyptian resorts.
According to the authorities, low vaccination rates are to blame for the rapid spread of the virus and the resulting increase in mortality. Approximately 49 million Russians, or roughly a third of the country’s almost 146 million inhabitants, have received their entire childhood vaccination schedule.