MOSCOW: Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Saturday introduced a “non-working” week within the Russian capital, with non-essential staff informed to remain dwelling, as Covid-19 circumstances hit a six-month excessive.
The choice marks a change of tone for Russian authorities, with President Vladimir Putin repeatedly insisting that Russia has dealt with the pandemic higher than most nations.
“During the past week the situation with the spread of the coronavirus infection has sharply deteriorated,” Sobyanin stated on his web site as town registered 6,701 day by day infections, the very best quantity since December final yr.
Sobyanin added that “thousands” of hospital beds have been repurposed for coronavirus sufferers.
“We cannot not react to such a situation,” he stated. “To stop the growth of infections and to save people´s lives, today I signed a decree providing for non-working days between June 15-19.”
The order impacts all staff within the Russian capital, a metropolis of 12 million, aside from important staff.
Non-essential staff usually are not required to do business from home in the course of the interval, however will nonetheless retain their salaries.
Along with the weekends and a public vacation on June 14, it means most Moscow staff is not going to return to their places of work till June 20.
– Extra younger sufferers –
The mayor additionally introduced the closure of meals courts and playgrounds whereas eating places, bars and golf equipment shall be banned from serving prospects between 23:00 and 06:00.
Sobyanin additionally known as on employers to switch at the least 30 % of non-vaccinated staff to working from dwelling after the week-long shutdown.
Instances have been on the rise throughout the nation in current weeks as Russia struggles to innoculate its residents regardless of home vaccines being extensively accessible to the general public.
A spike in infections has additionally been reported in Russia´s second metropolis Saint Petersburg, which is co-hosting the Euro 2020 soccer championship.
Moscow deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova stated Saturday that 78 % of the 14,000 hospital beds for virus sufferers within the metropolis have been presently occupied.
“In Moscow hospitals working with coronavirus patients there are currently 498 people on ventilators, that´s almost 30 percent more than a week ago,” Rakova stated.
She stated over the previous two months there had been a “significant” improve within the variety of younger sufferers aged between 18 and 35.
Earlier this week, Sobyanin stated Moscow could be opening a number of subject hospitals to accomodate the inflow of sufferers.
– Gradual vaccination –
Russia has been among the many nations hardest hit by the pandemic, with the sixth-highest variety of circumstances on the planet, in accordance with an AFP tally.
Kremlin critics have accused authorities of downplaying the severity of the pandemic by solely counting fatalities the place the coronavirus was discovered to be the first explanation for demise after post-mortem.
On Saturday, Russia registered 13,510 new coronavirus circumstances and 399 deaths, in accordance with a authorities tally.
Russia imposed a strict lockdown when the pandemic first swept throughout the nation final spring.
However inside months authorities had lifted most measures, opting to guard the struggling economic system and pinning their hopes on curbing the outbreak with vaccines.
Officers have registered 4 homegrown vaccines — Sputnik V, its single-dose model Sputnik Mild, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac.
Russia´s home vaccination marketing campaign began in early December, forward of most nations, however Russians have been hesitant to enroll.
Polls present that greater than half of respondents don’t intend to get vaccinated.
Thus far 18 million Russians – or 12 % of the inhabitants — have acquired at the least one dose of a vaccine.
Putin — who the Kremlin stated was vaccinated in personal with considered one of Russia´s jabs — has repeatedly known as on Russians to get immunised.