Officials found it difficult to explain the increase in mortality from coronavirus in Russia

At the same time, the incidence began to fall

The government summed up the results of the federal non-working week. The tactic of breaking the chains of transmission of infection, according to officials, has once again proved its effectiveness: the coronavirus is slowly but surely receding. The growth rate of new cases in the country as a whole decreased from 18% to 2.1%, and in Moscow, where the most stringent restrictions were adopted, the incidence decreased by 15%. This week, according to Sergei Sobyanin, will be “principled” for making decisions on further measures.

Last Tuesday, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, argued that one week of non-working days would most likely not be enough to stabilize the epidemiological situation in the country. But her prediction did not come true. Despite the absence of a hard lockdown in the vast majority of regions (and 8 subjects, as it turned out at the meeting, manage to do without even QR codes), the situation with the incidence of covid has improved markedly. “Last week, for the first time in two months, the growth of patients slowed down,” said the head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko. 1.36 million people are now under the supervision of health workers. The figure is still high, but it is 16 thousand less than the day before, and the trend is still favorable.

The mood of the minister was supported by the usual Anna Popova, not inclined to optimistic expectations. A “clear decline” in the incidence, according to her, is registered in 6 subjects, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, in 18 regions there was no significant dynamics, in 61 – the growth remains at low figures, in 32 – an excess of the average Russian indicators is noted. At the same time, only in three subjects – the Khabarovsk Territory, as well as the Samara and Omsk regions – this excess is strongly out of the general picture. The increase in the incidence of COVID-19 has significantly decreased among children and adolescents and has practically stopped among Russians aged 18 to 49 years. The vast majority of new cases are registered in people over 60 years old, and the most difficult situation is in the 65 plus age group.

According to Popova and Murashko, the long-awaited stabilization has come both thanks to the non-working day regime introduced by the president in a timely manner, and the restrictive measures applied by the governors, primarily QR codes. However, none of the officials still dared to explain to the Russians why, against the background of stabilization and a sharp increase in the rate of vaccination (the first component, according to the head of the Ministry of Health, 67 million people have already been vaccinated), a record high mortality remains. For the week from November 1 to 7 in Russia, according to the statistics of the headquarters and WHO data, 8276 people died, while in the USA – 8101. Thus, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, our country has become the world leader in mortality from COVID-19. However, the authorities are not ready to substantively discuss this problem, referring exclusively to the low level of vaccination of the population.

Sergei Sobyanin confirmed that the situation in Moscow has not only stabilized, but has become much better: the incidence has decreased by 15%, and the number of hospitalizations – by 4%. At the same time, last Monday there was neither a surge, nor an influx of severe cases, as it usually happened after the weekend. In those areas where vaccination is mandatory, the first component of the vaccine, according to the mayor, has already been received by 80% of workers, both components – 67%. “This week will be fundamental for us. Let’s see at the end what the indicators will be, and on the basis of this analysis we will make decisions on further measures, “Sobyanin said, recalling that at the moment in Moscow there is still a requirement to transfer 30% of employees to remote work and admission to museums and theaters by QR -codes.

Mikhail Mishustin also asked the persons involved in the “black list” to speak, in particular, the governors of the Khabarovsk Territory and the Samara Region, in which the incidence, despite non-working days and all kinds of restrictions, increased by 15%. Neither Mikhail Degtyarev nor Dmitry Azarov could find a clear explanation of why this is happening. However, both assured that they are keeping the situation under control and are ready for new decisive measures. In particular, the Khabarovsk Territory has already announced that the QR-code system from November 13 will begin to apply to public transport – for now, to intercity communication.

In his closing remarks, Mishustin did not rule out that additional measures may be required for other subjects as well. But they must be “necessary” and also developed “jointly” with the federal center. However, while the “parade of sovereignty” continues in the regions: already three subjects (Khabarovsk Territory, Tatarstan and Kamchatka) have announced the distribution of QR codes on public transport, Karelia announced its intention to send all unvaccinated citizens over 45 years old to a remote location, Tyva is preparing to introduce “antiquated passports “For schoolchildren, and the authorities of the Sverdlovsk region got to the Russian Orthodox Church: in their opinion, churches should also be allowed in by QR code.

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28662 of November 10, 2021

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Non-working days tore the chains

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