Pandemic in Russia. Deaths due to. More than 1,200 a day for 20 days

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Russia has exceeded 1,200 for more than 20 days. In the last 24 hours, 1,209 people died from the infection in this country. In connection with the detection of a new variant of the coronavirus, the omicron, the Russian authorities have limited entry into the country to citizens of several African countries, including South Africa and Hong Kong.

The daily increase in deaths is gradually decreasing, but since November 9 it has not fallen below 1,200. According to the data of the government staff, in total, 273,964 people have died due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the epidemic in Russia. The data of the statistical office Rosstat and the increase in mortality indicate that there are actually more victims of the pandemic.

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Over the past 24 hours, 33,860 new infections have been detected in Russia, with the highest number in Moscow (3,434), Moscow Oblast (2,236) and St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia (2,181).

Russia is fighting the pandemic YURI KOCHETKOV / PAP / EPA

Fears of the new variant

A specialist of the state office of Rospotriebnadzor, responsible for sanitary issues, Kamil Chafizov said on Sunday that a new variant of the coronavirus – omicron – has not yet arrived in Russia. Earlier, the parliamentarian and doctor Vladimir Krugłyj said that “this variant is already present in the country and could have come here through Russian tourists who visited Egypt”.

Russia – from November 28 – limited entry into the country to citizens of several African countries, including South Africa, as well as Hong Kong, where cases of infection with the new variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.529.6 were detected.

“ As for the possible next steps for restriction, it will depend on the conclusions drawn by scientists about how infectious the new variant is, what the consequences could be, how much vaccines will be able to protect against infection and severe disease, ” he said on Monday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

PAP, Interfax, RIA Nowosti

Main photo source: YURI KOCHETKOV / PAP / EPA

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