Putin orders week-long paid vacation to curb Covid infections in Russia

Putin orders week-long paid vacation to curb Covid infections in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a nationwide week-long paid vacation beginning on October 30 to curb Covid infections amid document virus deaths and once more urged Russians to vaccinate themselves.  

At a televised assembly with officers, Putin stated he supported a authorities proposal to “declare non-working days between October 30 and November 7 all through the nation” and requested Russians to “present duty” and get Covid jabs.

Russia stated Wednesday 1,028 individuals died of Covid over the previous 24 hours, a brand new document, as President Vladimir Putin mulls introducing nationwide restrictions to curb the unfold of the illness.

The nation recorded 34,074 new coronavirus instances, in keeping with a authorities tally.

Russian officers have been accused of downplaying the severity of the pandemic, however even the official figures convey the nation’s official Covid-19 loss of life toll to 226,353 — the very best in Europe.

Virus instances have soared in Russia amid a stalled vaccination marketing campaign, with solely 35 p.c of the inhabitants totally inoculated regardless of the homegrown Sputnik V jab being extensively accessible. 

Later Wednesday Putin is anticipated to rule on a authorities proposal to introduce a nationwide week-long vacation on the finish of the month to curb the unfold of the virus. 

On Tuesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered the town’s first coronavirus restrictions for the reason that summer time. 

He informed unvaccinated over-60s within the capital to work at home and prolonged obligatory vaccinations for service staff. These restrictions take impact subsequent Monday and are set to final till the top of February. 

Sobyanin additionally informed employers to maneuver 30 p.c of their employees to house working.

The surge in instances has come with none strict restrictions in place to restrict the unfold of the virus, though a number of areas have re-introduced QR codes for entry to public locations.

Figures printed by statistics company Rosstat in October instructed that greater than 400,000 individuals have died within the nation from the Covid illness. 

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