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In Moscow, unvaccinated over 60s confined for 4 months

As of Monday, October 25, the unvaccinated inhabitants of Moscow who are over 60 years of age, or who suffer from chronic diseases, are re-confined for a period of four months, the time of winter. So decided by the mayor of the Russian capital, Sergei Sobyanin, reports the daily “Ouest France”.

Russia is already the country hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 227,000 dead according to official figures … and more than double, according to observers. The statistics agency Rosstat thus counted more than 400,000 dead at the end of August.

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The country recorded a new record of deaths and contaminations on Saturday, for the third consecutive day, a sign of the violence of the epidemic wave. According to the government’s toll, 1,075 people have died and 37,678 have been infected in the past 24 hours.

Closure of businesses

Faced with this disaster, and in an attempt to stem a new epidemic outbreak, President Vladimir Putin had to resolve once again to close businesses and administrations for a week, from October 30 to November 7.

For its part, the Moscow city hall will close all non-essential businesses and businesses for eleven days from October 28. Several regions have also decided to set up health passes.

The speed of spread of the virus has several factors: the appearance of more aggressive variants, but also and above all the low respect for wearing a mask and the reluctance of the Russians in the face of the vaccine.

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Barely a third of Russians have been immunized since the appearance of the first national vaccine, Sputnik V, in December 2020. A failure which can be explained in particular by the traditional mistrust of the population towards the authorities.

Eastern Europe facing a new wave of the epidemic

Putin in the face of criticism

Faced with the current murderous wave, the latter were slow to react and impose restrictive measures, for fear of weakening an already faltering economy.

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Critics accuse Vladimir Putin of not taking the measure of the epidemic that still rages in the country. On Thursday, the master of the Kremlin thus maintained that Europeans were flocking to Russia to be vaccinated with Sputnik V, rather than receiving the injections recognized by the European Union.

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