Russia reported the highest number of corona deaths since January on Thursday. In 24 hours, 568 people died from Covid-19. The virus is spreading rapidly due to the low vaccination coverage and the advance of the Delta variant discovered in India for the first time.
The number of new infections is also at the highest point in five months.
Moscow, the capital, is the epicentre of the new outbreak. There, 90 percent of the reported infections a week ago consisted of the extra contagious mutation of the coronavirus. In the past 24 hours, the city reported 92 deaths, the highest number since the start of the pandemic, according to state news agency TASS.
In the meantime, the corona measures are being tightened up slightly in Moscow. For example, from June 28, people can only enter a restaurant if they can show a vaccination certificate, negative test or proof of recovery.
Russians have been able to vaccinate against the coronavirus for free since December last year but have not yet done so en masse. 14 percent of the population has had at least one shot, much less than in Western European countries.
Local authorities, meanwhile, are increasing pressure on Russian citizens to get vaccinated. For example, Moscow requires two million employees, including taxi drivers and restaurant staff, to be fully vaccinated by August 15. A number of regions have followed suit.
Russia does not speak of a vaccination obligation. “It’s voluntary because you can change jobs,” the Kremlin said.