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Covid: the city of Moscow orders its first health restrictions since the summer

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Covid: the city of Moscow orders its first health restrictions since the summer

The city of Moscow on Tuesday ordered its first health restrictions since the summer, in the face of a new surge in Covid-19 cases, against a background of sluggish vaccination and an epidemic wave that does not weaken.

The authorities of the Russian capital have ordered the compulsory vaccination of 80% of service employees, against 60% currently, by January 1, 2022, according to a message posted on the website of the mayor, Sergei Sobyanin.

The town hall also ordered the confinement of all unvaccinated over 60 years from October 25 to February 25 and the telework of “at least 30%” of the personnel of the companies.

The Kremlin is considering ordering a week off at the end of October, to slow the progression of the disease.

Russia and in particular Moscow, the main focus in the country, has been facing a new epidemic wave since this summer, driven by the Delta variant and a laborious vaccination campaign.

In recent days, the country has continued to beat its daily death records from Covid-19. On Tuesday, he recorded 1,015 deaths in 24 hours, unheard of since the start of the pandemic.

In Moscow, the number of contaminations has increased rapidly since mid-September and is now around 6,000 new cases every day, according to government figures. Nationally, there are some 33,000 infections detected every day.

The authorities have refused for months to introduce strict restrictions or lockdowns, for fear of further weakening an already fragile economy.

At the same time, vaccination is stagnating because of the mistrust of the Russians. Only 32.3% are fully vaccinated, according to figures from the Gogov site which establishes a daily report.

The virus is spreading as government health restrictions are very limited, even though several regions have reintroduced the requirement to present a health pass to access public places. Wearing a mask remains uncertain.

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