- Russia’s official coronavirus task force on Friday reported 98,040 new cases in the last 24 hours.
- Many people don’t get tested because they have no symptoms of infection: Kremlin spokesman
- A Kremlin spokesman also acknowledged that many people in the administration have been infected with the virus.
Moscow: Authorities in Russia on Friday confirmed more than 98,000 new cases of infection. However, according to the Kremlin (President’s Office), the actual number is expected to be much higher, as outbreaks of the highly contagious Omicron form continue in the country. Russia’s official coronavirus task force on Friday reported 98,040 new cases in the past 24 hours, the country’s highest in recent weeks. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday: ‘The numbers are high and possibly much higher. Many people do not get tested because they do not show any symptoms of infection.
Peskov said that the number of infected in Russia is “much lower than in America, Western European countries, so no one can deny that cases will increase further.” A Kremlin spokesman also acknowledged that many people in the administration have been infected with the virus. Peskov said, ‘Most people are continuing to work from home even after living in isolation.’ Corona virus infections in Russia began to rise about 3 weeks ago, with daily new cases rising from about 15,000 on January 10 to nearly 100,000 on Friday.
However, Russian officials have refrained from imposing any major restrictions to stem the rise, saying hospitals are dealing with a growing number of patients. Peskov said on Friday that there was no point in imposing “tough sanctions”, citing “world experience”. Earlier this month, parliament indefinitely postponed a ban on people who have not been vaccinated, confirming people’s hesitation about the vaccine in Russia.
Health officials this week reduced the period of isolation from 14 days to 7 days for those who came in contact with COVID-19 patients without giving any explanation. Russia had a lockdown only once in 2020. Russia’s official coronavirus task force has confirmed more than 11.5 million cases of infection and 329,443 deaths, the highest in Europe. Nearly half of Russia’s 146 million population has been fully immunized, even though Russia claims to be the first country in the world to approve and introduce an indigenously developed anti-Covid-19 vaccine.
People who have taken all doses of the vaccine more than six months before July 2021 are eligible for a ‘booster’ dose. But as of Friday, only 9.7 million out of 24 million people have taken their booster dose, according to a website that tracks vaccinations across the country. Vaccination of indigenously developed anti-Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik M (form of Sputnik V vaccine) for beneficiaries aged 12-17 years this week amid increase in cases of hospitalization of children due to Kovid-19 in Russia Campaign launched.