Russia reported on Friday a fourth consecutive daily record of deaths from Covid-19, when there is still a week to go before the start of the closure of workplaces across the country ordered by the president Vladimir Putin to try to stop the increase in infections.
Authorities said 1,064 people had died in the past 24 hours and that new infections reached a second consecutive daily record of 37,141.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Putin’s decision to declare the period from October 30 to November 7 as “non-working days” would provide an opportunity to break the chain of infections, but described the situation as “extremely difficult.”
When asked if more drastic measures could be considered, he said: “Right now, no … There is not a single person who can predict the trajectory of the pandemic with a high degree of confidence.”
The spokesperson did not rule out the possibility of further action being taken after November 7 if necessary, and once again blamed negative public attitudes towards vaccination for the situation.
Our vaccination program is worse than in several European countries. Fewer people are vaccinated and get sicker as new, more aggressive strains emerge. That is the reality that is happening, “he said.
Putin has told regional authorities that they can introduce further restrictions at their discretion.
Moscow has ordered unvaccinated over-60s to stay home for four months from Monday, and from next Thursday it will reimpose the strictest closure measures since June last year, and only stores will be allowed to remain open. essentials such as pharmacies and supermarkets.