that of Russia Covid-19 cases have hit a new one-day high as the country struggles to contain a wave of infections that has persisted for more than a month.
The National Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday reported 41,335 new cases since the previous day, surpassing the previous daily high of 40,993 as of October 31. The task force said 1,188 people with Covid-19 have died, just seven below the daily record for deaths reported on Thursday.
Officials cite Russia’s low vaccination rate as a major factor behind the sharp rise in cases that began in mid-September. The task force reported around 57.2 million complete vaccinations, or less than 40% of the country’s 146 million people.
Last month, President Vladimir Putin ordered many Russians not to work between October 30 and November 7. He authorized regional governments to extend the number of days off, if necessary.
Several regions, including Novgorod in the northwest, Tomsk in Siberia, the Chelyabinsk region in the Urals and the Kursk and Bryansk regions in the southwest of Moscow, have extended the period of non-work until the end. of the next week.
The mayor of Moscow said the situation in the capital had stabilized enough that people could return to work there on Monday. Residents of the Russian-annexed Crimea region will also resume work next week.
Some restrictions will remain in place in the Russian capital, such as a stay-at-home order for the elderly and a mandate for companies to have 30% of their staff work from home. Access to theaters and museums is limited to those who have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, or may present a negative coronavirus test.
Russia has recorded more than 8.75 million confirmed cases of the virus and 245,635 deaths from the pandemic, according to the national task force, which only counts deaths directly attributed to the virus.
Figures from the state statistical service, which also count deaths in which the virus was a contributing factor or was suspected but not confirmed, indicate that the impact of the virus is significantly more severe; its most recent report found around 462,000 deaths linked to the virus up to the end of September.