Covid surge in Russia; Vladimir Putin orders week-long paid holiday

A nationwide week holiday has been ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the country. The decision came as the country registered a record 1,028 coronavirus deaths in a single day. Russia, which boasted of developing the early Covid-19 vaccine, did not persuade a large portion of its population to take it. It also reported that the country now faces the highest daily mortality rate from the epidemic.

The country witnessed 1,028 deaths in the past 24 hours and it is the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The country, Romania, where one person dies from Covid every five minutes, had the highest death rate in the world this week, behind comes Bulgaria.

As per reports, the case of vaccination in the country is not well conducted. The has been witnessing a stalled vaccination and despite having the Sputnik vaccine available in the country, only 35% of the people have been inoculated in the country. Only about 45 million Russians roughly a third of its nearly 146 million people are fully vaccinated.

Putin said, “People with a good education, scientific degrees are still refusing to take the Covid vaccine and I don’t know why it is so and what’s happening around the country.”

He further said that he has introduced paid holidays during coronavirus peaks before, most recently in May. Putin said October 30-November 7 would be “non-working days”, although salaries would still be paid. The new non-working week will coincide with the national school holidays. 

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Also, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said the country would impose new restrictions to cope up with the situation. Also, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said unvaccinated people over 60 will be required to stay home. Moreover, officials said that the hospitalization has increased at a rate faster than in previous waves and the situation is worsening.